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Former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Gets New Job at Harvard University

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Appointed as Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard University
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After concluding her term as Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot has been appointed as the Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health for the upcoming fall semester. This esteemed fellowship recognizes Lightfoot's leadership skills and offers her the opportunity to contribute to the academic community while inspiring future leaders in the field of public health. The program recognizes the importance of connecting aspiring leaders with experienced professionals who have served in high-level positions.

The purpose of the Menschel Senior Leadership Fellowship at Harvard University is to bring experienced leaders from various sectors to share their expertise and insights with students, faculty, and the wider community. The fellowship aims to foster innovation, advance research, and promote effective leadership in addressing complex public health challenges.

Lightfoot will be teaching an eight week course in the Department of Health Policy and Management, titled "Health Policy and Leadership in Urban Communities". The course will delve into the intersection of health policy, social determinants of health, equity, community engagement, urban challenges, and the role of leadership in driving systemic change. Through interactive discussions, case studies, and real-world examples, Lightfoot will guide students in understanding the complexities of public health governance, policymaking, and effective leadership in urban settings.

As part of her role as a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow, Lightfoot will have the unique opportunity to mentor and teach students who aspire to hold influential positions in government, multilateral institutions, nonprofit organizations, and journalism. This fellowship program provides a platform for experienced leaders, like Lightfoot, to share their insights and experiences with the Harvard community.

During her time at Harvard, Lightfoot will also keep office hours, allowing her to engage with students, faculty, and staff. This accessibility will enable meaningful interactions and provide valuable guidance to individuals pursuing careers in leadership and public service.

Lightfoot's firsthand experience in leading a major metropolitan city like Chicago, where she championed initiatives focused on equity, justice, and public health, and was responsible for the city's response to the COVID-19 health crisis, will provide students with invaluable insights into the practical application of health policy and leadership principles.

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