Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, will receive the Pathfinder Award Friday (March 2) from the Leadership for a Networked World (LNW) Program at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG). Bloomberg will also deliver remarks before an audience of invited guests at the School’s Wiener Auditorium beginning at 4 p.m. and will be available to journalists following the speech.
The Pathfinder Award is given to public leaders who have dramatically improved government by strategically using the growing capacity of information technologies. Bloomberg receives this award for his leadership on the 311 Citizen Service Hotline and other innovative programs.
“I am honored to receive this award, and thankful for this special recognition from the Leadership for a Networked World Program,” said Bloomberg. “New York City has an ambitious agenda to respond to the challenges of the 21st century, and information technology is central both to what we can do now and must do even better for the future.”
“Mayor Bloomberg represents the innovative, farsighted, and strategically focused leadership the nation needs in responding to emerging 21st century challenges,” said Jerry Mechling, faculty director of LNW. “He was able not only to understand what the city needed, he was able to get the city to respond effectively and in time to make a difference.”
Bloomberg is the 108th mayor of New York City. He was raised in Medford, Mass., where his father was the bookkeeper at a local dairy.
Bloomberg attended Johns Hopkins University and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Bloomberg was first elected mayor in 2001 and was re-elected to a second term in 2005.