The MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship is a program of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design with the Just City Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. This unique and highly interactive program brings together a small group of mayors to directly tackle racial injustices in each of their cities through planning and design interventions.
The 2023 Fellowship helped mayors develop and strengthen approaches to embedding justice and equity goals within government policy and practices, as well as design strategies for achieving more just and equitable outcomes within the communities of each city. This year’s cohort of mayors was introduced to the concepts of social impact and justice-centered design, equity framework measurement tools, and innovative design practices that increase just and equitable outcomes. Building from past Fellowships, this program continued to explore ways to create lasting, transformational impacts from new federal funding streams such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue Plan Act.
The program followed a hybrid in-person and virtual format between February and April of 2023.
2023 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellows
Kathy Sheehan | Albany, NY
Tim Keller | Albuquerque, NM
Jim Ross | Arlington, TX
Quinton Lucas | Kansas City, MO
Friday Ellis | Monroe, LA
D.C. Reeves | Pensacola, FL
Alan Webber | Santa Fe, NM
Tishaura O. Jones | St. Louis, MO
In a closing panel discussion, recorded April 21, 2023 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the eight Mayoral Fellows explored the efforts their cities are taking to embed equity and justice goals in government processes and practices. Watch the conversation below.