Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He previously served as deputy mayor of New York and mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Stephen was also the chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, the Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the district attorney for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990.

He has written The Power of Social Innovation, Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector, Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship, The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America, and The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance. His latest book is A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance, coauthored with Neil Kleiman.





Learn more about Stephen Goldsmith’s tenure as mayor of Indianapolis.