Katharine Lusk

Exec Dir
Boston University Initiative on Cities

Katharine Lusk is the founding Executive Director of the Initiative on Cities at Boston University, which seeks to research, advance and promote the leadership strategies and policies necessary for cities and urban populations to thrive. She spearheads new university-wide programs and research, including the Menino Survey of Mayors, student government fellowships and multi-stakeholder conferences, and serves as Senior Personnel to a number of federally funded research grants devoted to smart cities and urban environments. Katharine formerly served as a Policy Advisor to the late Boston Mayor Tom Menino, where she led his work to make Boston the first city in the country to achieve pay equity for women. She created the City of Boston’s Women’s Workforce Council, a unique collaborative governance partnership, and authored, “Boston: Closing the Wage Gap,” identifying evidence-based interventions employers can take to close the gender wage gap. She now serves on the Council as an appointee of Mayor Marty Walsh. Prior to entering public service, Katharine worked as a Brand Strategist and Researcher for Fortune 500 companies, most recently as a VP/Director of Branding with the global advertising agency McCann. She received a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and earned her BA from Williams College.

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