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Steve Goldsmith
Daniel Paul Professor of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program
Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service. He previously served two terms as Mayor of Indianapolis, America's 12th largest city where he earned as a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public private partnerships, competition and privatization. As mayor, he reduced government spending, cut the city's bureaucracy, held the line on taxes, eliminated counterproductive regulations, and invested over 1B$ in infrastructure including a transformation of downtown Indianapolis that has been held up as a national model. The Wall Street Journal has called Mayor Goldsmith a "pioneering privatizer of city services." Goldsmith was the chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000. His publications include: Unlocking the Power of Networks: Keys to High Performance Government; Governing by Network: The New Shape of the Public Sector; Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship; and The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America. His next book on civic entrepreneurship is expected out next year.

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