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Leadership and Advisory Groups

Cities of Service is supported by three different leadership and advisory groups – our Board of Directors, our Mayors Council, and our Advisors. Each of these groups plays an integral role in ensuring the success of our work.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of champions of the Cities of Service citizen engagement model, which helps mayors authentically and effectively engage their citizens to solve local challenges together. The Board supports the work of the organization and provides mission-based leadership, governance, and oversight.

Michael R. Bloomberg

Honorary Chairman & Founder

Tom A. Bernstein


James Anderson

Vice President and Secretary

Maria Comella


Kathleen McInerney


Katharine Leonberger


Jennifer Williamson


Mayors Council

The Mayors Council is comprised of sitting mayors who share the Cities of Service belief in the power of citizen engagement to achieve meaningful change in their city. As members of the Council, these mayors serve as ambassadors and advisors for the organization.

Ethan Berkowitz

Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska

Byron W. Brown

Mayor of Buffalo, New York

G.T. Bynum

Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Pauline Cutter

Mayor of San Leandro, California

Buddy Dyer

Mayor of Orlando, Florida

John Giles

Mayor of Mesa, Arizona

Jim Kenney

Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sam Liccardo

Mayor of San José, California


Cities of Service Advisors are experts and influencers hailing from a range of fields, including academia, citizen engagement, service, philanthropy, and innovation. Advisors provide insights and introductions that help Cities of Service to bring about tangible change, build a community of trust, and create stronger, more vibrant cities.

Richard J. Berry

29th Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Beth Blauer

Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University

Simone Brody

Executive Director of What Works Cities

Shirley Franklin

Chairman of the Board & CEO of Purpose Built Communities

Ben Hecht

President & CEO of Living Cities

Rachel Howald

Founder, Invisible Man

Nigel Jacob

Co-founder, Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

Peter Levine

Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life

Ben Wallerstein

CEO and Co-Founder of Whiteboard Advisors