As Mayor of New York City, Bloomberg cut crime to historic lows, revitalized the waterfront, implemented ambitious public health strategies, expanded support for arts and culture, reduced the city’s carbon footprint by 19 percent, introduced new anti-poverty programs, and drove high school graduation rates up by more than 40 percent. Bloomberg’s economic policies helped New York City create a record number of jobs and weather the Great Recession in far better condition than most other cities.
As a philanthropist, Bloomberg supports government innovation, education, public health, the environment, and the arts. He also leads a number of bi-partisan coalitions that are taking action on urgent national issues, including illegal guns, immigration reform, infrastructure investment, and he serves as board president of the C40 Climate Leadership Group, a network of the world’s megacities working together to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Bloomberg to be U.N. Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, where focuses on helping cities and countries set and achieve more ambitious climate change goals.
Michael Bloomberg attended The Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School, and is the father of two daughters, Emma and Georgina.