Seminar on Transition for Newly Elected Mayors

IOP hosts seminar for newly-elected mayors

Program offers dynamic workshops led by experts in public policy, media, the private sector and municipal governments

Cambridge, MA– Newly elected mayors of major cities from across the country have come together at the Institute of Politics’ (IOP), Harvard Kennedy School's Seminar on Transition for Newly Elected Mayors. Every two years since 1975, the IOP and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) host the country's preeminent ‎educational and preparatory program for new mayors.


This year, more than 28 mayors and mayors-elect will gather from November 28 to 30 for the IOP’s conference, which will focus on best practices, supported by dynamic workshops led by experts in public policy, media, the private sector and municipal governments.  The IOP invites all first-time mayors from cities with populations larger than 75,000 to this unique program.  

"One of our most rewarding activities at the IOP centers around providing a non-partisan, collegial forum for mayors, speakers and experts in a range of fields to form personal relationships,” said Bill Delahunt, IOP Acting Director.

“Challenges facing our cities and their leaders have become increasingly more complex and demanding. We hope to become on ongoing resource for collaboration, information and support to the civic leaders taking on these vital issues,” said Delahunt.

The  U.S. Conference of Mayors the IOP together have developed an agenda featuring a diverse group of top policy and media, private and public sector experts including a host of Harvard Kennedy School professors, and former and current Mayors.

New mayors will participate in a variety of sessions. Topics will include Substance abuse and the opioid crisis, Managing city finances, Cross-sector partnerships and inclusive economic development, Principles of good policing, and Crisis Response as well as sessions on, new technologies, measuring performance, and developing a branding strategy for city development.


The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy. The IOP’s mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, 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 and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs. More information is available online at

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,408 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

Transistion Manual  developed in 2011.  

Seminar on Transition for Newly Elected Mayors
November 28-30, 2017
Seminar Participants
Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans, LA
Mayor-elect Bill Cole, Billings, MT
Mayor-elect Wilmot Collins, Helena, MT
Maddie Collins, Bliss Collins, Jayme Collins
Mayor-elect Joe Coviello, Cape Coral, FL
Diane Coviello
Mayor-elect Joyce Craig, Manchester, NH
Michael Craig
Mayor-elect Michelle De La Isla, Topeka, KS
Cristina De La Isla
Mayor-elect Ruthanne Fuller, Newton, MA tentative
Mayor-elect John Gates, Greeley, CO
Mayor Dan Gelber, Miami Beach, FL
Mayor-elect Wade Kapszukiewicz, Toledo, OH
Mayor-elect Michelle Kaufusi, Provo, UT
Steve Kaufusi
Mayor-elect Debbie Kling, Nampa, ID
James Kling
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jackson, MS
Mayor-elect Vi Lyles, Charlotte, NC
Mayor Cory Mason, Racine, WI
Mayor-elect Thomas McGee, Lynn, MA
Mayor Lily Mei, Fremont, CA
Mayor-elect Cathy Murillo, Santa Barbara, CA
Mayor Mike Murphy, Merced, CA
Heather Murphy
Mayor-elect Bill Mutz, Lakeland, FL
Pam Mutz
Mayor-elect Joe Schember, Erie, PA
Mayor-elect Andy Schor, Lansing, MI
Erin Schor
Mayor-elect Yvonne Spicer, Framingham, MA
Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami, FL
Mayor-elect Ben Walsh, Syracuse, NY
Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, LA
Marvin Broome
Mayor-elect Victoria Woodards, Tacoma, WA
Violet Baker