Setti Warren

Executive Director at Harvard University - Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

Setti Warren

Setti Warren

Executive Director at Harvard University - Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

Biography

Leading Newton

Setti Warren was elected Mayor of Newton in 2009, where he has made significant changes. Since taking office he has delivered balanced and responsible budgets that take Newton through a multi-year process of getting its fiscal house in order, without hurting vital priorities like education and public safety. From the start Warren has proven he is not afraid to make the tough decisions necessary to put his hometown on the right path.

He has trimmed more than $15 million in waste and duplication, reducing the city’s car fleet, placing numerous services online and implementing millions of dollars in energy savings. He has renegotiated all of Newton’s Union contracts, keeping the rate of city expenditures and growth within 2.5% making Newton the only community in Massachusetts to negotiate with its unions under the principle of making increases in costs equal to increases in revenue. The contracts will save the city 178 million dollars over the next 5 years. This is truly a “game changer” and the single most important factor that will ensure the future financial stability of the City of Newton.

For the first time, Newton has taken a comprehensive approach to understanding and prioritizing its capital and infrastructure needs. The City has used revolutionary software that systematically evaluates every physical asset the city has and rank orders them based on a set criteria. Newton is the only community that has taken such a comprehensive and systematic approach and has identified nearly $250 million dollars worth of needs over the next five years. The city can now begin to address these needs because of the financial leadership Mayor Warren has shown.

Warren implemented performance management, using metrics to hold all city departments accountable for improvement, and introduced the 311 system. Newton residents can visit the city support center website 24 hours a day to submit work orders online and check on the status of their request, or just call 311.

In addition, he has brought a new level of openness and responsiveness to all aspects of city government, utilizing office hours with residents, town hall meetings in every ward during the budget preparation, and putting the city’s capital plan online.

Mayor Warren has been working diligently to bring development that makes sense and fits the character of each of Newton’s thirteen villages. Recently, he worked with the Board of Alderman, the community and the developer at Chestnut Hill Square to gain approval and start construction. He launched the 13 Villages, One Community campaign, to increase the extraordinary level of citizen engagement in Newton, and build on the many features that make Newton such a terrific community. Part of this campaign includes working closely with our small business community to attract and retain businesses in each of our villages. Since that time, Newton has seen an increase in businesses opening their doors throughout the city. New businesses have added not only to Newton’s tax base, but have helped enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors.

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Harvard University - Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

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Newton, MA, United States

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Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government

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Former President at Southern California Edison Co.

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Mayor of Louisville, KY, United States

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Former Contributing Editor at Indiana Minority Business Magazine

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Mayor of Las Vegas, NV, United States

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Mayor of Oklahoma City, OK, United States

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Mayor at Kansas City Office of the Mayor, Sly James

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Regional Administrator at US Department of Housing & Urban Development (DC)

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Executive Director at Harvard University - Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

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Faculty Director at Harvard University - Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

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Executive Director at Harvard University - Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government
Education
JD

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BA

Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 34,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class. During the same period, an increase in voluntary giving from alumni has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.9 billion. Boston College students have also earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including 2 Rhodes Scholarships, 4 Marshalls, 9 Goldwaters and 162 Fulbright grants.

Career History
Executive Director
2018 - Current

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard University research center dedicated to exploring and illuminating the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice. The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars, and between them and the public. Through teaching and research at the Kennedy School of Government and its program of visiting fellows, conferences and initiatives, the Center is at the forefront of its area of inquiry.

Boards & Committees
Member of the Advisory Board
2013 - Current

The United States Conference of Mayors operates as a non-partisan organization of cities providing federal assistance programs. It is parted by elected city mayors. The company was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Political Donations Received
$500
2014
$2,500
2014
$1,000
2014
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