Bulbul oversees city support at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. By leveraging resources within Harvard, including faculty, graduate students, and centers as well as external partners, Bulbul supports participating city leaders in their leadership development and equips city halls to be more innovative, data-driven, collaborative, and citizen-engaged. Bulbul loves making connections – between cities tackling similar challenges and between graduate students and cities to provide analytical support and to position students to gain experience and explore potential careers within city government. She also leads the Initiative’s racial equity working group.
Prior to the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Bulbul worked at Abt Associates Inc., a policy research and consulting firm, where she assessed government program impact and costs and advised on program improvements. Her key focus areas included housing affordability, housing stability, and social and economic opportunity and well-being. Bulbul also worked at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard where she analyzed demographic, economic and social trends including for the Joint Center cornerstone publication, The State of the Nation’s Housing, which informs public officials and industry leaders.
Bulbul is passionate about the role that government, in collaboration with other sectors and citizens, can play in creating more fair and just societies. Over the course of her career, she has engaged and collaborated with government, philanthropy, academia, private and non-profit sectors, and the community to improve government effectiveness in addressing key social and economic challenges.
Bulbul has a Bachelor of Arts from Clark University and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.