Advancing Urban Leadership

We seek to understand and address the most pressing leadership challenges facing mayors, on issues ranging from governance to infrastructure, poverty, equity, health and sustainability. We convene current and former elected officials, academics, and business and nonprofit leaders to co-engineer solutions.

Menino Survey of Mayors

Our team has interviewed mayors from across the country to examine the leadership and management challenges facing modern-day mayors today and over time, through a first of its kind mayoral leadership research initiative.

City Leadership Summits

We host summits that bring together urban mayors and leaders from around the world to examine timely challenges facing cities and the dynamic leadership strategies that are instrumental to tackling them.

Executive Education

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

Original IOC Publications

We author original research that examine the leadership and policy tools used to help cities adapt and affect positive change.