PUEBLO— Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar is pleased to announce that the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the flagship program of the Bloomberg Center for Cities has selected Pueblo as one of only seven U.S. cities to participate in its inaugural two-year Bloomberg Harvard City Hall Fellowship program. The Mayor’s Office welcomes a Bloomberg Harvard City Hall Fellow, Jaritza “Jari” Núñez as an addition to the City of Pueblo to make significant contributions over the next two years.
The Bloomberg Harvard City Hall Fellowship places Harvard master’s or professional degree graduates into leadership positions in city halls, where they will contribute to lasting change by applying skills and helping build capabilities in city government. Núñez will work to craft and implement a framework to drive diverse, equitable and inclusive city operations during her fellowship.
“We are delighted to welcome Jari to Pueblo and look forward to a partnership over the next two years that can help us transform equity structures in our city,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “We are grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative that allows this fellowship to take place at no cost to the City of Pueblo.”
City Hall Fellows are working in these seven cities, all of which are past participants in the Initiative’s programming for mayors and senior city leaders:
- Boise, Idaho
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Pueblo, Colorado
- Springfield, Illinois
- Syracuse, New York
Núñez advocates for structural changes and is working to transform policies that oppress marginalized communities. She values community engagement and hopes to work with many stakeholders to create lasting change for low-income communities of color.
“I am very excited to work with Pueblo to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable city,” said Bloomberg Harvard City Hall Fellow Jaritza Núñez. “I want to ensure to all Puebloans’ voices are actively heard and represented across city structures.”
Núñez earned her master’s degree in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2022 after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies and Sociology from Colgate University in 2021. During her time in graduate school, Núñez works as a reading lab assistant for Harvard University’s Jeanne Chall Reading Lab. She was a part of many affinity groups such a as Comunidad Latinx, HGSE First Gen/Next Gen Initiative and the Rural Education Alliance. Núñez also served on the Education Policy and Analysis Advisory Board’s communications committee during her time at Harvard University.
The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative—the flagship program of the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University—is a collaboration between Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies to equip mayors and senior city officials to tackle complex challenges in their cities and improve the quality of life of their residents. Launched in 2017, the Initiative has worked with 428 mayors and 1,400 senior city officials in 494 cities worldwide. The Initiative has also advanced research and developed new curriculum and teaching tools to help city leaders solve real-world problems. For more information, please visit the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative or visit us on LinkedIn and Twitter.