Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project to highlight local government efforts to use new technologies that connect breakthroughs in the use of big data analytics with community input to reshape the relationship between government and citizen. He also directs the Project on Municipal Innovation, a platform for cities' mayoral senior staff to share and adapt best practices and innovative policy ideas that increase efficiency and improve the lives of citizens as well as a program on mayoral leadership in education.
He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Stephen was also the Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the prosecuting attorney for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990. Stephen was also the chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, He has written seven books on cities including The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector; The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America, The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance; and, most recently, A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance. He currently is working on two books one on cross-sector collaboration and one on economic mobility.