On November 29, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the selection committee for the 2017 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to think big, be bold, and uncover inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems U.S. cities currently face. The selection committee was chosen for their diversity in expertise and experience across multiple sectors. Each member brings unique insight into the evaluation process that will ensure that the most innovative proposals are advanced through each round of the challenge.
Professor Vijay Kumar is the designer on the committee, bringing his experience as a professor, author, consultant and advisor to businesses, social organizations, and governments to the challenge selection. Among the other prominent individuals that comprise the selection committee are playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith; former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy; Founder & CEO of Black Girls CODE, Kimberly Bryant; and HuffPost Founder, Arianna Huffington.