Leading the American City

A five-part video history of American mayoral leadership, governance, and power. The series features personal interviews with eight transformative mayors, who reflect on their time in office and offer insight into the job of mayor.

Executive Education

The Initiative, in partnership with the Boston University Questrom School of Business Executive Leadership Center, designs custom executive education programs that train business leaders to think like cities.

Visiting Appointments

Mayor in Residence – Mayors are a wealth of knowledge. The Initiative hosts former mayors at Boston University to enable them to share their expertise with the university community and the public through programs, events and courses. Read about our first Mayor in Residence, former Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville, here.

Visiting Scholar – The Initiative is proud to host national and international academics whose passion is cities. These visiting scholars focus on studies ranging from urban governance to local capacity building. Applications are open, click here for more information.