Session 1

Advancing Economic Mobility: The View from Cities

The defining characteristic of the American Dream is upward mobility, but new data suggest that children’s chances of earning more than their parents are declining. In many communities, young people and families face significant barriers to climbing the economic ladder based on the neighborhoods in which they live. 

Mayors, at the front line of seeking to improve outcomes for residents, are taking the lead to innovate, test, and discover what works to open opportunities for residents.  In this session, three leading Mayors will discuss how they have been working to identify the economic mobility policy levers that can be used to make a real difference in their communities.


  • G.T. Bynum, Mayor of Tulsa (Bio)
  • LaToya Cantrell , Mayor of New Orleans (Bio)
  • Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester (Bio)
  • Moderator: Jim Anderson, Head of Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies (Bio)


What Works Cities Economic Mobility Initiative One-Pager
City of New Orleans to Partner on New Initiative to Increase Economic Mobility
City of Tulsa to Examine Ways to Improve Economic Mobility Among Residents (Tulsa World)
Mayor Announces Rochester to Join New Initiative to Increase Economic Mobility
Rebuilding Trust in Government Is Key to Strengthening Cities (U.S. News and World Report)