Cambridge, MAHarvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government have named former Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley as a shared Visiting Fellow for 2018. While at the Kennedy School, O’Malley will engage with students, faculty, staff, and current elected leaders on issues relating to the challenges and opportunities of public service in state and local government. 

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Governor O’Malley for nearly 20 years,” said Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and faculty director of the Government Innovation Program at the Ash Center. “As a previous winner of the Ash Center’s Innovations in American Government Award, Governor O’Malley brings to the Kennedy School a proven track record of policy innovation, and a strong understanding of how to make government work.”

Jeffrey Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy and faculty director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, said, “The issues that confront state and local leaders across this country are extraordinarily challenging, and require great tactical and political skills to negotiate. Governor O’Malley is one who has been there on both the state and city front lines, and whose experience we hope to draw upon during his fellowship.”

“As we work with mayors and senior city leaders at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, we will draw upon Governor O’Malley’s vast knowledge and experience to support them as they strive to deliver exceptional results for their residents,” said Jorrit de Jong, lecturer in public policy and management, and faculty director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. 

Martin O’Malley served as Governor of Maryland from 2007 until 2015. He previously served as the Mayor of the city of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007. Prior to his election as mayor, O’Malley served on the Baltimore City Council from 1991 to 1999. O’Malley is recognized as a visionary for his use of data to drive policy decisions, having launched CitiStat during his time as mayor, and Maryland StateStat during his time as governor. Both programs are recognized for having increased government transparency and accountability. In 2015, O’Malley was named a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.

“I look forward to engaging with Harvard Kennedy School students, faculty, staff, fellows, and other elected leaders who are committed to engaging in the real work of governing on the state and local level,” said O’Malley. “We will have tremendous opportunities over the year to work together toward innovative solutions to some of the most challenging public problems.”

O’Malley’s visiting fellowship at the Kennedy School begins in April.  


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