Disgraced Ex-Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Hired By Harvard

Disgraced Ex-Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Hired By Harvard

(UnitedVoice.com) – Former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) served her city for four years, and it was riddled with controversy. Soaring crime rates, draconian policies, and other issues led to her ouster earlier this year. She’s now found a new job.

On June 1, The Harvard Gazette announced Lightfoot will be a Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health beginning in the fall. She will teach a course that’s currently titled “Health Policy and Leadership” in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

According to the announcement, the Ivy League university was impressed by her career in public service, including as a federal prosecutor. It also lauded her “coordinated, citywide response across government, business, and community organizations” during the pandemic. Additionally, it points out that she was the first openly gay mayor and black woman to serve in the position.

While Lightfoot is at the school, she will hold regular office hours and meet with students.

Lightfoot was the first Chicago mayor to lose reelection in 40 years. In February, she failed to receive enough votes to move to the April runoff election. At the time of her defeat, she said she was standing with her “head held high” after losing on election day. Brandon Johnson, a progressive, went on to win the runoff election.

Senior Leadership Fellows Program Director Eric Andersen said the university reached out to Lighfoot because of how she cared for the city in 2020 and 2021. He went on to say that he thinks “students will benefit” from her insights and experiences.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Lightfoot said Amy, her wife, and her daughter will live in Chicago during the fellowship program, which is slated to last eight weeks. The former mayor will travel back and forth between The Windy City and Harvard.

Lightfoot isn’t the first high-profile politician to hold such a role. Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was a fellow in 2022, and so was Kim Janey, the former mayor of Boston.

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