The Mission

The mission of the Initiative on Cities is to research, promote, and advance the adaptive urban leadership strategies and policies necessary to support cities as dynamic centers of economic growth and positive development in the 21st century.

Areas of Focus

Advancing Urban Leadership

We seek to understand and address the most pressing leadership challenges facing mayors, on issues ranging from financial governance to urban planning, population growth, and health and sustainability.

Promoting Urban Policies in Practice

We seek to apply policies in the real world, by working with practitioners, promoting applied learning, and examining mechanisms that enable the effective—and exceptional—delivery of basic city services.

Inspiring Future Leaders

We seek to inspire the next generation of civic leaders by providing opportunities that connect students to local, national, and international visionaries.