On December 11th, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was presented with the Aspen Institute 2013 Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership. Bloomberg’s efforts to create healthy and vibrant communities, in New York City and beyond, was honored during a program and a dinner at Asia Society. The program, a conversation about his life, work and philanthropic projects, was moderated by Aspen Institute president and CEO, Walter Isaacson.
Michael R. Bloomberg was elected the 108th Mayor of the City of New York in 2001. He began his career in 1966 at Salomon Brothers and after being let go in 1981, began Bloomberg LP, a start-up financial news and information company that now has more than 15,000 employees worldwide. As Mayor, Bloomberg cut crime in the city, revitalized the waterfront, implemented ambitious public health strategies, including the successful ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, and expanded support for arts and culture. His education reforms increased graduation rates and his economic policies helped New York City avoid the level of job losses that many other cities experienced during the national recession.