Facing uncertain support from Washington, D.C., mayors from around the country will convene at a public forum at NYU to discuss their inventive approaches to long-standing public challenges.


In the face of uncertain and vacillating support from the federal government, local governments are uniquely positioned to find innovative solutions to today’s toughest problems. A growing number of mayors are stepping up and driving creative and dynamic urban transformation across the United States.

Please join NYU Wagner, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the David Bohnett Foundation on Wednesday, April 18, at 6 p.m. for a lively and timely discussion with a panel of leading mayors. They will discuss how they are changing their respective cities to meet today’s unique challenges—bringing forth big, bold, and inventive ideas that tackle issues such as immigration, the opioid crisis, criminal justice, and infrastructure challenges.

The event is free and open to the public.  Speakers include The Honorable John Giles, Mayor of Mesa, AZ; The Honorable Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, OH; The Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, IN; The Honorable Toni Harp, Mayor of New Haven, CT. The moderator will be Eleanor Randolph, New York Times Contributing Writer and Fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Program: 6:00-7:30pm, Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., New York, N.Y.

Reception: 7:30-8:30pm, NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette St. New York, N.Y.

RSVP is required: Register here.

About NYU Wagner: NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service prepares public service leaders to translate ideas into actions that have an effective and lasting impact on the public good.  Visit us at www.wagner.nyu.edu/.

About The U.S. Conference of Mayors: The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with a population of 30,000 or larger. Each city is represented by its chief elected official, the mayor. https://www.usmayors.org/.

About the David Bohnett Foundation: David Bohnett and the David Bohnett Foundation are committed to improving society through social activism. We pursue our mission by providing funding, state-of-the-art technology and technical support to innovative organizations and institutions that, in addition to meeting our funding guidelines, share our vision. http://www.bohnettfoundation.org/.

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