CEO, Bloomberg Philanthropies; Former First Deputy Mayor, New York City
Patricia E. Harris is the chief executive officer of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation, corporate, and personal philanthropy, as well as Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works with mayors in cities around the world.
As CEO, Harris oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies’ programs focused on the arts, education, environment, government innovation, and public health, with the mission of ensuring better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. In 2021, Bloomberg Philanthropies invested $1.66 billion around the world, improving the lives of millions of people across 941 cities and 173 countries. Harris also serves on the board of directors of Bloomberg Philanthropies and on the management committee of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial technology, data, and media company founded by Mr. Bloomberg in 1981. The vast majority of the company’s profits are committed to support the work of Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Harris also serves as the vice chair of the board of trustees of Franklin & Marshall College, her alma mater; on the board of trustees of the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City; and on the board of directors of the Public Art Fund in New York City.
Previously, Harris served in the Bloomberg Administration in New York City from 2002 through 2013, first as deputy mayor (2002–2005) and then as first deputy mayor (2006–2013). She is the first woman in New York City’s history to have served in this role, which is the city’s highest appointed position.
Before joining the Bloomberg Administration, Harris managed Bloomberg L.P.’s Corporate Communications Department, overseeing its Philanthropy, Public Relations, and Government Affairs divisions. Prior to that, she was vice president for public relations at Serino Coyne Advertising.
Harris began her career in public service in 1977 as an assistant to then-Congressman Ed Koch and, upon Koch’s election as mayor, served in his administration, including as executive director of the New York City Art Commission.
Harris is a lifelong New Yorker, mother, and an experienced scuba diver.