Given the continual changing dynamics in urban environments, policy and politics in cities must have game changing impact. How do we ensure that reality in an ever shifting climate given racial, gender, economic and societal changes? This course explores the opportunities, challenges and solutions for governing New York City, promoting equity and social justice, while providing measurable impact. Delivering quality public services and driving large-scale change initiatives is made all the more challenging because of the complex array of stakeholders and institutions that impact the life of New York City, but, we practically lay out how to create solutions thrive in a smart, urban city. This course will be led by Michael Blake, who serves as a third term New York State Assembly Member, Vice Chair at large of the Democratic National Committee, and is a former White House and campaign aide to President Barack Obama. In this course, we will explore how public servants successfully effect change, and consider the roles of the state, federal and city government, business leaders, community groups, the press, and other citizens play in enacting generational change in our urban communities.