Robert Behn, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts and Senior Fellow, Ash Center
Tony Saich, Ash Center Director and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 4:10 – 6:00 p.m.
124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
About the Event
Harvard Kennedy School Senior Lecturer Robert Behn and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone will discuss Behn’s new book The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. The book explores the growth and prominence of the PerformanceStat leadership strategy across so many jurisdictions and agencies in pursuit of improve government performance. Drawing on three dozen different efforts that employ the PerformanceStat strategy in municipal, state, and federal agencies and jurisdictions, Behn explores the leadership behaviors of public officials who leverage PerformanceStat to promote economic independence, to eradicate urban blight, and to harness their institutions’ full capacity. In response, Mayor Curtatone, whose ground-breaking work on SomerStat in Somerville is highlighted in the book, will offer additional insights.
About the Speakers
Robert D. Behn, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, focuses his research, teaching, consulting, and thinking on the leadership challenge of improving the performance of public agencies. He is the faculty chair of the School's executive program, Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results and writes the on-line monthly Bob Behn’s Performance Leadership Report.
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone began his sixth term on January 6, 2014, making him the longest-serving Mayor in the City’s history. He had previously served for eight years as an Alderman at Large. He earned his B.A. from Boston College in 1990, and a J.D. from New England School of Law in 1994. As Mayor, he has successfully implemented a wide range of reforms and new programs that have made Somerville a national and international leader in innovation, gaining recognition for programs and policies such as: Shape Up Somerville; the Somerville Happiness Survey; the City’s Stat model and 311 constituent service center; and Urban Agriculture Initiative, among others. For these programs, Somerville has earned distinctions by regional and national organizations, including the designation by Boston Globe Magazine as “the best-run city in Massachusetts,” by America's Promise Alliance as one of the "100 Best Communities for Youth," by walkscore.com as one of the most walkable and bikeable communities in the nation, and a winner of the 2009 "All America City" competition.
Anthony Saich is the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China. In his capacity as Ash Center Director, Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Programs, the Asia Energy Leaders Program and the Leadership Transformation in Indonesia Program, which provide training programs for national and local Chinese and Indonesian officials.