James Anderson leads the government innovation portfolio for Bloomberg Philanthropies. In this capacity he oversees initiatives including the Mayors Challenge, an innovation competition for cities, and the Innovation Delivery Team program, a multi-city effort to refine models that mayors can use to develop and deliver innovation.
He also led the foundation’s successful efforts to launch the first social impact bond in the United States, in partnership with the City of New York and Goldman Sachs.
Before joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, James served as communications director to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. During that time, he was the chief architect of NYC Service, the City’s high impact citizen service strategy, and Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition that now includes over 160 mayors representing more than 55 million Americans.
Previously, he served as senior advisor to the commissioner of the City’s homeless services agency, and as communications director for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a national advocacy organization.
James tweets @jmsndrsn.
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