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Leadership Breakfast:  Leadership through “Project-Based Policy Development”

  • Harvard Kennedy School 124 Mount Auburn Street: Suite 100N, Room 106 Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

Please join us for a discussion with Bradford Swing, Director of Energy Policy for the City of Boston and Kennedy School alumnus (MC-MPA’94), who will use the Heifetz framework for understanding leadership.  He will discuss how a thematic sequence of public events related to the City of Boston’s first green building provided an example of project-based policy development.  The story behind the sequence and strategy—the complexity of green building policy and the complementary roles of Mayor and staff—illuminate Heifetz’s leadership framework, particularly two key theoretical distinctions, between leadership and authority, and between technical and adaptive problems.   The pilot project identified the adaptive nature of green building policy change, provided a framework for education and partnership, and created a process to keep politically viable progress on track. 

Brad initiated the City of Boston’s energy program and now serves as Director of Energy Policy and Programs.  Boston has been ranked three times the #1 city for energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy.  He is currently overseeing the creation of the Renew Boston Trust, an energy efficiency and resilience project finance program.  Brad was educated at the Harvard Kennedy School; University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. 

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