Our Founder

Michael R. Bloomberg

Mike Bloomberg believes that the most powerful thing you can do with your talent and resources is share them to make the world a better place. He has spent much of his life giving back in one way or another – from small donations to his alma mater when that was all he could afford, to giving away millions through Bloomberg Philanthropies every year.

"Throughout my life, I've found that giving back is one of life's greatest rewards and that civic service may be the most important thing we ever do."

Michael R. Bloomberg

NYC Service

While Mayor of New York City, Bloomberg created NYC Service in April 2009, aiming to set a new standard for how cities can tap the power of their citizens to tackle their most pressing challenges. Created in response to the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and built on the Bloomberg Administration's record of promoting volunteerism and public-private partnerships, NYC Service made New York City the first major city to initiate a comprehensive local approach to support service and citizen engagement.

Cities of Service

Mayor Bloomberg felt strongly about the power of what he created with NYC Service and wanted to share its potential with others. He, along with 16 other mayors from around the country representing more than 20 million Americans, gathered together at Gracie Mansion on September 10, 2009 to found the Cities of Service coalition. With generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation, Cities of Service was able to offer technical assistance and other support to member mayors, including funding full-time chief service officers in select cities to develop and implement comprehensive service programs.

"Cities around the country are facing enormous challenges, and mayors have an opportunity to make the most of our greatest asset: public-spirited citizens and organizations. This new coalition will encourage mayors to find new ways to tap the power of their citizens, help us identify and share the most effective approaches, and empower us to speak with one voice in Washington."

Michael R. Bloomberg

Today, Cities of Service is an independent, nonpartisan organization.  Our coalition  has grown from the original 17 cities to over 215 in the US and UK, representing nearly 55 million people in 45 states, and more than 10 million people in the UK.

Founding Mayors

  • Mayor Shirley Franklin – Atlanta, GA
  • Mayor Sheila Dixon – Baltimore, MD
  • Mayor Richard Daley – Chicago, IL
  • Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher – Dublin, OH
  • Mayor John Peyton – Jacksonville, FL
  • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – Los Angeles, CA
  • Mayor Karl Dean – Nashville and Davidson County, TN
  • Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg – New York, NY
  • Mayor Cory Booker – Newark, NJ
  • Mayor Phil Gordon – Phoenix, AZ
  • Mayor Luke Ravenstahl – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mayor David N. Cicilline – Providence, RI
  • Mayor Kevin Johnson – Sacramento, CA
  • Mayor Douglas H. Palmer – Trenton, NJ
  • Mayor Paul E. Winfield – Vicksburg, MS
  • Mayor Adrian Fenty – Washington, DC
  • Mayor Lois J. Frankel – West Palm Beach, FL

 

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