Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Patricia E. Harris is the Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg Philanthropies, a data-driven foundation that encompasses all of founder Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable giving. As CEO, Harris works across five key program areas—arts, education, environment, government innovation, and public health—to help ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. By developing, supporting, and incubating initiatives, Bloomberg Philanthropies is improving lives across the nation and the world.
Previously, Harris served as the First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York. 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. As First Deputy Mayor, Harris advised Mayor Bloomberg on administrative, policy, and personnel decisions and oversaw the operations of several City agencies and departments, including Cultural Affairs, Parks & Recreation, Consumer Affairs, Design and Construction, Landmarks Preservation, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Prior to her appointment as First Deputy Mayor in 2005, Harris served as Deputy Mayor for Administration. Before joining the Bloomberg Administration in 2002, Harris managed Bloomberg L.P.'s Corporate Communications Department, overseeing its Philanthropy, Public Relations, and Governmental Affairs divisions.
Prior to her employment at Bloomberg, she was Vice President for Public Relations at Serino Coyne Advertising, where she helped create, plan, and execute new public relations strategies for corporate and non-profit clients. Harris began her career in public service in 1977 as an Assistant to Congressman Koch. Upon Koch's election as Mayor, she became an Assistant to the Deputy Mayor in 1979, and subsequently was appointed Assistant to the Mayor for federal affairs. From 1983 to 1990, she was Executive Director of the City's Art Commission.