Mayor Jane Castor Participates in Seminar for Newly Elected Mayor’s Led by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School

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Mayor Jane Castor joins newly elected mayors from across the country at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School’s Seminar on Transition for Newly Elected Mayors. Twenty five newly elected mayors will participate in the seminar from December 3rd to December 5th in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 Mayor Jane Castor with other particpants

“For more than forty years, the Institute has hosted this seminar to bridge academia and municipal government, and help prepare newly elected mayors for their tenure in City Hall.” said Mark D. Gearan, Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. "Mayors are on the front line of today’s challenges with more than 85 percent of Americans living in U.S. metropolitan areas. We are proud to provide an opportunity for participants to engage with policy leaders, academics, and current and former mayors to prepare for their own transition to office.”


Over the course of the three day convening, new mayors will participate in sessions dedicated to topics including transitioning to city hall, budgeting and finance, leading in times of crisis, and effective policing. Sessions will be led by current and former mayors, prominent scholars and practitioners.

 Group of participants gathered in a circle

“I am thrilled to join new mayors from across the country and participate in the Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors to better prepare for the challenges facing our city and collaborate on ways we can make informed decisions while providing effective leadership for the City of Tampa and our residents,” said Mayor Jane Castor


Featured speakers and panelists include Mayor Jane Castor (Tampa, FL), Mayor Nan Whaley (Dayton, OH), and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta, GA), former IOP Visiting Fellow and Mayor Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA), Harvard Kennedy School Dean Doug Elmendorf, IOP Senior Fellow and Washington Post Correspondent Dan Balz, Activist and IOP Director’s Leader Brittany Packnett and New York Times journalist Lisa Lere.


Mayor Jane Castor presented on a panel on policing with Manny Diaz, Michael Nutter and Chuck Ramsey.


The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School was founded in 1966 as a memorial to President John F. Kennedy. The Institute’s mission is to unite and engage students with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to consider careers in politics and public service. The Institute strives to promote greater understanding between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs. More information is available online at

Mayor Jane Castor speaking