Announcing the Agenda for "CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges" in Los Angeles, September 29-30

Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y. (September 18, 2014)—In less than two weeks, the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies will bring global mayors and urban visionaries together in Los Angeles for the second annual “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges. The multi-day summit—taking place September 29-30 at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE—will engage these leaders in conversations about the bold, scalable ideas and solutions that are transforming metro centers around the world into more livable and sustainable cities. A full agenda is now available, and below.

As part of the summit, CityLab will also present “CityLab: Making L.A.,” a ticketed event featuring those defining L.A.’s culture and industry, the evening of Monday, September 29 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.

CityLab’s more than 400 attendees will bring together the people who are creating the cities of the future—dozens of mayors from around the world, practitioners, planners, architects, artists, economists, urban scholars, and other civic leaders—to discuss emerging trends and share best practices for common challenges. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak and attend, along with Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee; Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville; Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis; Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh; Mayor Pam O’Connor of Santa Monica; Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta; Council Leader David Sheard of Kirklees, United Kingdom; Mayor Xavier Trias of Barcelona, Spain; and many others. A full list of speakers and content topics areas are in the agenda to follow.

The event is being hosted and will include remarks by Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former Mayor of New York City; Atlantic Media Chairman and Owner David Bradley; and Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, who is also moderating interviews. It will feature leading editorial voices from The Atlantic and, including James Bennet, co-president and editor in chief of The Atlantic; Sommer Mathis, editor of; Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media’s editorial director; Atlantic national correspondent James Fallows; Richard Florida, urban studies expert and Atlantic senior editor; and Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic national correspondent.

The Monday evening public event, “CityLab: Making L.A.,” will bring together fashion, cuisine, and design at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, including conversations with Mayor Garcetti; famed chef and entrepreneur Roy Choi; and Paige Adams-Geller of Paige Denim. KCRW’s Jeremy Sole will DJ the experience. Tickets are on sale now; the local event partner is Los Angeles magazine.

Media who are interested in attending the CityLab summit or “CityLab: Making L.A.” may contact the press leads below. All plenary sessions will be video webcast live at The Atlantic's Events Channel and on the Aspen Institute’s live page; the entire summit will be archived and available following the conference. Follow the conversation via @Atlantic_LIVE, @AspenInstitute, and @BloombergDotOrg, and by using #CityLab2014. Coverage from the summit will also appear on

The presenting level underwriters for CityLab are General Motors, Hitachi, HP, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. McKinsey & Company is a knowledge underwriter. CH2M HILL is a supporting level underwriter. The J. Paul Getty Trust, Palantir, and UCLA are contributing level underwriters.

About the Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. For more information, visit

About The Atlantic
Since its founding in 1857 as a magazine about “the American Idea” that would be of “no party or clique,” The Atlantic has been at the forefront of brave thinking in journalism. One of the first magazines to launch on the Web in the early 1990s, The Atlantic has continued to help shape the national debate across print, digital, and event platforms. With its news- and opinion-tracking site,, and on global cities, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic is the flagship property of Washington, D.C.–based publisher Atlantic Media.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2013, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $452 million. For more information on the philanthropy, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.

Media Relations Contacts
Anna Bross, The Atlantic
(202) 226-7714

Jennifer Myers, The Aspen Institute
(202) 736-2906

Meghan Womack, Bloomberg Philanthropies
(212) 205-0176

CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges

September 29-30, 2014
J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

(Note: All programming is subject to change and will be held at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, except where noted.  All times denoted in Pacific Time).

7:00 AM – 8:45 AM
: Breakfast

8:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Plenary Sessions (all CityLab participants)

8:45 AM: Welcome
James Bennet
, Editor-in-Chief and Co-President, The Atlantic
Michael R. Bloomberg,  Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, 108th Mayor of the City of New York

9:00 AM: What's Mine is Yours? The New Dynamics of the Sharing City
Brian Chesky
, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Airbnb
April Rinne, Sharing Economy Advisory Board, City of Seoul, Korea      
David Sheard, Council Leader, Kirklees
Arun Sundararajan, Professor and Rosen Faculty Fellow, New York University
Moderator: James Bennet, Editor-in-Chief and Co-President, The Atlantic

9:40 AM: The Business of Innovation at City Hall
Eric Garcetti
, Mayor, Los Angeles                                            
Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aspen Institute

10:00 AM: Urban Resilience
Henk Ovink
, Senior Advisor, Rebuild by Design, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development                                                                                      
Moderator: James Fallows, National Correspondent,  The Atlantic

10:25 AM: Wheels of Change: What's Driving the Future of Urban Mobility
Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Donald Shoup, Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA                                          
John Zimmer, Co-Founder and President, Lyft
Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

11:00 AM: Narrowing the Gap: City Solutions to Income Inequality
Alan Berube
, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Bill Peduto, Mayor, Pittsburgh
Blair Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Community Officer, Starbucks
Moderator: Richard Florida, Editor-at-Large,, and Senior Editor, The Atlantic

11:35 AM: Programming to be announced

11:55 AM: Local Food: Beyond Farm-to-Table
Dan Barber, Chef and Co-Owner, Blue Hill Farm

12:20 PM – 1:45 PM: Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM: CITY LABS #1

Boomer Metropolis: How to Design a City for the Ages

M. Scott Ball, Principal, Commons Planning
Jennie Smith-Peers, Executive Director, Elders Share the Arts
Fernando Torres-Gil, Professor, UCLA                                                         
Xavier Trias, Mayor, Barcelona                                                             
Moderator: Ronald Brownstein, Senior Editorial Director, Atlantic Media

Block by Block: Inclusive Approaches to Building Better Neighborhoods
Tom Barrett
, Mayor, Milwaukee     
Ronald J. Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University
Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network   Betsy Hodges, Mayor, Minneapolis
Moderator: Amanda Burden, Principal, Bloomberg Associates

What We Don't Know Can Kill Us: Confronting Gun Violence With Data
Jamira Burley
, Executive Director, City of Philadelphia Youth Commission
David Chipman, Senior Vice President, Public Safety Solutions, ShotSpotter, Inc.
Andy Papachristos, Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University

Cleaning Up Corruption: Building a City Hall Everyone Can Trust
Peter Eigen, Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Council, Transparency International
Ben Elers, Programmes Director, Transparency International
Tanja Santucci, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime                                                                              Moderator: Rose Gill Hearn, Principal, Bloomberg Associates

i-Teams: Making Innovation Happen in Government
Christian Bason
, Director, MindLab
In Dong Cho, Seoul Metropolitan Government
Philip Colligan, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director, Nesta Innovation Lab
Charles West, Director, Innovation Delivery Team, Office of the Mayor, City of New Orleans

Moderator: Kathryn Appel Duda, Government Innovation Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies        

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Break

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM - CITY LABS #2

Hacking Hurricanes: How Can Big Data Anticipate Disaster and Address its Aftermath?
Brian Fishman, Lead, Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Work, Palantir Technologies
Lucy Jones, Science Advisor for Risk Reduction, U.S. Geological Survey
Brian Wolshon, Professor, Louisiana State University                                   Moderator: Warren Olney, Host, Executive Producer, KCRW                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Help Wanted: Tools for Tackling Youth Unemployment
Linda Gibbs
, Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Gidion Peters, Advisor to the Mayor, City of Amsterdam
Bruce Saito, Executive Director, Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Moderator: Stephen Patrick, Executive Director, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, The Aspen Institute

A New Lease on the City: Rethinking Affordable Housing
Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director, Skid Row Housing Trust   
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principal SHoP
Ben Hecht, President and Chief Executive Officer, Living Cities   
Moderator: Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey & Company

Water Works: Urban Water Management for a Sustainable Future
Bob Bailey
, President, Water Business Group, CH2M Hill
Christine Boyle, Founder, Valor Water Analytics
Esther Feldman, President, Community Conservation Solutions             Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

4:45 PM – 6:00 PM: Cocktail Reception and Networking

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM: CityLab: Making L.A.: Public Program at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (To request credentials, contact the press leads below).
Paige Adams-Geller, Creative Director and Co-Founder, Paige Denim
Ronald Brownstein, Senior Editorial Director, Atlantic Media
Rick Caruso, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Caruso Affiliated
Roy Choi, Chef and Author, LA Son
Richard Florida, Editor-at-Large,, and Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles
Meg Gill, Co-Founder, Golden Road Brewing
Michael Govan, Chief Executive Officer and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Linda Immediato, Style Editor, Los Angeles Magazine
Bettina Korek, Founder, ForYourArt
Gavin “Mizzle” McNeill, Creative Director and Owner, YOUth Store & Gallery
Mary Melton, Editor-in-Chief, Los Angeles magazine
Evan Shapiro, President, Pivot

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: General Breakfast

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Field Trips to L.A. River, Playa Vista, and Port of L.A. (Note: Media availability highly limited.  Please contact The Atlantic’s press team if you’re interested in attending).           

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: CITY LABS #3

Made in [your city here]: The Next Generation of Urban Manufacturing

Matthew Burnett, Chief Executive Officer, Maker's Row
Kate Sofis, Founding Executive Director, SFMade/Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Moderator: Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute

Skyline, Waistlines: Can Smarter City Planning Make Citizens More Active?                        
Tim Blumenthal, President, PeopleForBikes Coalition
Esther Dyson, Founder HICCup    
Gabriella Gómez-Mont, General Director, Lab for the City, Mexico City
Pam O'Connor, Mayor, Santa Monica                                                                     Moderator: Richard Florida, Editor-at-Large,, and Senior Editor, The Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                Beyond the Buzz: What Citizen Engagement Strategies are Really Working?
Benjamin de la Pena, Director, Community & National Strategy, Knight Foundation
Myung Lee, Executive Director, Cities of Service
Peter Levine, Director, Tisch College, Tufts University
Moderator: Philip Colligan, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director, Nesta Innovation Lab

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: CITY LABS #4

One Click at a Time: Civic Innovation in the Digital Age

Clara Brenner, Chief Executive Officer, Tumml
Rose Broome, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hand Up         
Paras Desai, Director, Innovation Delivery Team, Office of the Mayor, City of Chicago          
Alex Kapur, Chief Executive Officer, OpportunitySpace, Inc.
Moderator: Sommer Mathis, Editor,

Incubating an Innovation Economy:  The L.A. Clean Tech Story
Fred Walti
, Executive Director, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

A Good Idea is Not Enough: Why Evidence Matters in Government
Beth Blauer
, Director, Socrata
Rick Cole, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville
Michele Jolin, Managing Partner, America Achieves - Results for America
Moderator: Stephen Goldsmith, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Closing Lunch and Program

New in Town: Mayors on Immigration
Kasim Reed, Mayor, Atlanta
Additional speakers to be announced
Moderator: Ronald Brownstein, Senior Editorial Director, Atlantic Media

Trend Breaks: What a World of Change Means for Mayors and Cities
Richard Dobbs
, Director, McKinsey & Company

How to Stop a Runaway Industry: What Cities Can Learn from the Flight of Hollywood from L.A.
Paris Barclay
, President, Directors Guild of America
Michael Lombardo, Vice President of Programming, HBO
Katherine Oliver, Principal, Bloomberg Associates

1:30 PM: Program Conclusion