Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has just been given a prestigious position by Harvard University — he will be a fall semester visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Menschel Senior Leadership fellow at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
“I am VERY optimistic about the generation of leaders and activists coming up. It will be a privilege to offer lessons I’ve learned through decades of public service. My key message to them: we CAN make bold progressive change. I know because I’ve lived it,” the former governor tweeted.
I am VERY optimistic about the generation of leaders and activists coming up. It will be a privilege to offer lessons I’ve learned through decades of public service. My key message to them: we CAN make bold progressive change. I know because I’ve lived it. https://t.co/AtbKY9CaZd
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) August 24, 2022
De Blasio served as the mayor of New York City from 2014 through 2021. In 2019, while still in office, he attempted to mount a campaign for president —but was unsuccessful, dropping out later that year.
That wasn’t his only failed political run in recent years, as the former mayor announced earlier this year that he was running for a seat in the House of Representatives. De Blasio later dropped out of that race as well.
It’s clear the people of #NY10 are looking for another option and I respect that. Time for me to leave electoral politics and focus on other ways to serve. I am really grateful for all the people I met, the stories I heard and the many good souls who helped out. Thank you all! pic.twitter.com/gpt6V6WLUf
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) July 19, 2022
Speaking about his new position at Harvard, de Blasio stated: “It’s exciting to spend time with really talented young people who are looking forward to going into public service. I hope I can inspire them, but also give them some real life understanding of what’s ahead and how to be effective.”
According to a post on the university’s website, the former mayor and other fellows at the school of public health “will teach classes on leadership and public service, with a focus on navigating major challenges in public health. All three will also hold office hours and meet regularly with students and faculty.”
A post about de Blasio’s position as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics states that he “will visit Harvard several times throughout the semester for a variety of discussions, events, and programming.”
“I am happy to join the IOP to help inspire our nation’s next generation of leaders to find ways to serve in politics and public service, and to build a government that serves working people,” the former mayor said in a statement.