Register Now: 2021 New Mayors Cohort

We are excited to announce the dates for the 2021 New Mayors Cohort! The Cohort will offer invited mayors in their first term the opportunity to join a small peer group from around the US, and to participate in six virtual workshops, with specially-designed curriculum informed by current and former mayors.

New mayors must immediately tackle challenges unique to the role of mayor. In 2021, new mayors face the intersecting crises of the pandemic and addressing racial injustice, on top of the work of running their cities. In these unprecedented times, there is urgent demand for peer connection and executive leadership development. 

Investing in the leadership of new mayors of color, LGBTQ-identified mayors, and women-identified mayors is especially critical. Being the “first” in your community often means facing additional barriers, such as institutional racism and sexism. We are committed to inclusion across race, gender, and economic status, and our programming supports mayors from cities of all sizes.

Mayor’s Commitment

To ensure the quality of programming and peer connections, we ask that mayors commit to attending six virtual workshops. These will be held on the following Fridays: July 16, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 5, and December 3.

We will also hold a gathering for Cohort members at Mayors Innovation Project Annual Winter Policy Meeting: tentatively scheduled for January 2022 (travel support available).

What We Offer

The Mayors Innovation Project commits to provide quality programming from professional facilitators, access to a small peer network of recently elected mayors, and engagement with our national network of mayors. Travel support will be available to cover the travel costs for your participation at the January 2022 meeting. 

Prior Cohort topics and speakers have included:

  • Lessons from leadership in a crisis
  • Effective leadership and leaders
  • Mayors as CEOs: managing your time and your team
  • Communicating your priorities through social media
  • Ethical leadership and how not to derail your agenda
  • Participation from mentor/former mayors: Mark Mallory (Cincinnati), Annise Parker (Houston) Betsy Hodges (Minneapolis), Pete Buttigieg (South Bend) and Michael Nutter (Philadelphia).


This Cohort is by invitation only. Contact Emily Miota to learn more.