Feb 14, 2012

RCLA and Bloomberg Philanthropies Appoint Five Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellows

NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) and Bloomberg Philanthropies are pleased to announce the selection of five outstanding early career professionals to participate in the new Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellowship. The fellowship is part of a three-year Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded initiative to support Innovation Delivery Teams in five cities - Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans - to help mayors develop and deliver high-impact solutions to major urban challenges.

The Innovation Delivery Team, made up of high-performing staff in each city, will generate innovative solutions, develop implementation plans and manage progress to achieve results on top-priority issues identified by City Hall.

Through a leadership and research program managed by NYU Wagner and RCLA, Fellows will support the development and execution of city-specific strategies, documenting progress in all phases of the innovation and delivery process and implementing data collection systems and analysis that elevate best practices in government innovation, as relates to the Innovation Delivery Team model. Fellows will have a unique opportunity to learn from senior leaders in municipal government and engage in hands-on research supported by first-tier academic expertise.

The teams will address a wide range of complex infrastructure, operational and social problems in the selected cities. They include:

  • Atlanta, GA: improve customer service and significantly reduce street homelessness
  • Chicago, IL: cut waiting and processing times for key city services and dramatically scale energy efficiency efforts
  • Louisville, KY: implement a new regional economic development strategy and improve agency performance
  • Memphis, TN: increase business growth in target neighborhoods and reduce handgun violence
  • New Orleans, LA: cut waiting and processing times for city services and reduce homicides

The application and selection process for the Fellowship was rigorous and competitive. There were 163 applications submitted, which were reviewed by a selection committee that nominated 30 candidates for a first-round interview. Sixteen of those candidates were chosen to advance to the final round of interviews with the cities. The top five candidates were selected as Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellows by the Innovation Delivery Team Directors.

The Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellows are:

  • Emily Lieb
    Placement City: Atlanta, GA
  • Daniel Makela
    Placement City: Louisville, KY
  • Abby Miller
    Placement City: Memphis, TN
  • Whitney Soensken
    Placement City: New Orleans, LA
  • Katherine Yager
    Placement City: Chicago, IL

James Anderson, who leads government innovation work at Bloomberg Philanthropies, noted, "These five fellows will play an integral role in documenting and sharing best practices in innovation and delivery across the five cities. They will also help translate these learnings into resources that many more cities can use. This is a chance to bring real change to American cities through a groundbreaking team model that we look forward to sharing across the country, while training the next generation of urban leaders."

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