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Lacey Beaty is the first-ever Beaverton mayor to be invited to the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

COURTESY PHOTO - Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty was one of 40 mayors invited to the year-long Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative program this year. She is the first-ever Beaverton mayor to be invited.Last week, Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty joined 39 mayors from around the world to kick off a yearlong education and professional development program for city leaders.

Beaty is the first Beaverton mayor to be invited to the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and she was one of two Portland-area mayors to be present this year, along with Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle of Vancouver, Washington. Beaty is the only mayor from Oregon in this year's program.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler participated in the 2017-18 class.

This year's 40 mayors — representing cities in the United States and nine other countries — kicked off the program in New York City during the week of July 18, joining Harvard faculty and other management experts for an immersive classroom experience, a press release said.

"I look forward to bringing the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative's expertise to Beaverton through learnings from some of Harvard University's top educators, coaching from experts, a network of peers and technical assistance," Beaty said in a statement. "The pandemic has revealed that mayors have to think globally and act regionally. This program provides an opportunity to do just that. We get to share promising approaches and learn from fellow mayors about the ideas that are already helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world."

Now that the initial in-person component has ended, Beaty's next step is to apply to participate in a year-long track focusing on either data, innovation or collaboration.

Beaty plans to apply for the collaboration track, which would allow her to bring together eight leaders — three of whom are current city staff — to work together to solve a community issue.

She'll also participate in one-on-one leadership development and coaching. The majority will be remote, but if she's selected for the collaboration track, there is a five-day class in New York.COURTESY PHOTO: BLOOMBERG HARVARD CITY LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE - Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty joined 39 mayors from around the world in New York City during the week of July 18 for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. Beaty is the second Oregon mayor to participate, following Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in 2017-18.

The program from the Bloomberg Center for Cities, which is a collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, aims to help mayors address complex problems and improve the quality of life for their residents, according to a press release.

"With all the urgent shared challenges facing cities, the opportunity for mayors to exchange ideas and learn from one another and experts is more important than ever," said Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. "We're looking forward to working with them throughout the year and to seeing the results in their cities."

Since its launch in 2017, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative has worked with over 400 mayors and 1,400 senior city officials in almost 500 cities worldwide.

"We look forward to everything they and their colleagues will accomplish together, both in the classroom and in their cities," Harvard President Larry Bacow said in a statement.


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