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Mitchell B. Weiss

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Senior Lecturer

Harvard Business School
30 Harvard Way
Boston , Massachusetts 02163
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 230 offers full-time...   more

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  • Master , Business Administration
    The Harvard Business School
  • A.B. with Honors , Economics
    Harvard University
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The EDGE Conference | Branded in Boston, 5 Aug 2011 [cached]
Mitchell Weiss
Chief of Staff
ABOUT MITCHELL WEISS Mitchell Weiss is Chief of Staff to Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino.
Mitch assumed the position in January 2010 and was asked to help to bring a fresh perspective and renewed urgency to the Mayor's fifth term. From 2006 to 2009, Mitch was Executive Director of the Tobin Project, a virtual research center of more than 200 scholars based in Cambridge, MA that aims to change ideas about the role of government and democracy. Before joining the Tobin Project in 2006, Mitch was a Service Leadership Fellow in Mayor Menino's office. Prior to his transition to the public sector, Mitch worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions for many well-recognized food companies.
Mitch holds an A.B. with Honors in Economics from Harvard University and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, from where he graduated with high distinction and was named a George Baker Scholar. Originally from the Chicago area, Mitch resides in Boston with his wife.
Mitchell Weiss
Chief of Staff, City of Boston
Mitchell Weiss is Chief of Staff to Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino... [more]
Mitchell B. Weiss doesn't come ..., 10 May 2010 [cached]
Mitchell B. Weiss doesn't come out of the traditional school of Boston politics.
As the 33-year-old Harvard Business School graduate prepares to ascend to his new job as Mayor Thomas M. Menino's chief of staff, you won't find him tossing back pints at Doyle's or poring over ward and precinct numbers from the last election.
Instead, Weiss has been boning up on his favorite books, rereading "The Wealth of Networks,'' an erudite exploration of how online collaborations are changing society, and "Predictably Irrational,'' an MIT professor's unraveling of how social norms skew our ability to reason.
Weiss - who has spent the last four years thinking about regulatory policy at The Tobin Project, an obscure Harvard Square nonprofit - is putting his own cerebral spin on things as he goes to work for Menino, the ultimate meat-and-potatoes urban mechanic.
"There are 1,463 days left when the new term starts Jan. 4th,'' said Weiss, a native of suburban Chicago who moved to the Boston area in 1995 to attend Harvard as an undergraduate. "The mayor wants to make the most of every single one of those days, and my mission is to help him really make this term his best yet.''
"It appears, with the appointment of Mitch, that he's looking at some fresh thinking and a new perspective than has existed at City Hall, and that's a positive thing,'' said James E. Rooney, a former Menino chief of staff.
After graduating from Harvard in 1999 with a degree in economics, Weiss worked at Merrill Lynch in Chicago, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He returned to Boston to attend Harvard Business School, and interned after his first year of graduate school in Chicago's city budget office.
After his fellowship, Weiss became the first executive director of The Tobin Project, a nonprofit that seeks to engage academics in public policy questions.
Behind the scenes, Weiss remained "one of the Tom Menino gang,'' - a small circle of confidants the mayor regularly called upon for advice, according to David A. Passafaro, a former chief of staff who is now treasurer of the mayor's campaign committee.
The mayor, for example, quietly enlisted Weiss to help him write his 2005 state of the city address, his 2006 inaugural address, and his victory speech on election night last November, when Menino declared: "We haven't made history with this election, but we will, with what we create of it.''
At the same time, Weiss was becoming a Bostonian. He proposed to his wife, Lori, on a 17-foot motorboat in Boston Harbor, and they were married last summer. The couple live on the South End-Back Bay border, and have gotten to know Boston, he said, by "eating our way through most of the neighborhoods,'' and going to games at Fenway Park.
"The Cubs aren't going to be in the World Series anytime soon,'' said Weiss, who grew up in Deerfield, Ill. "So I find it easy to root for the Red Sox.''
Weiss also enjoys running and clocked 4:31:33 in the 2005 Boston Marathon.
While serving as a member of the retirement board, Weiss chose not to accept the $2,500 annual stipend. He stepped down from the post after accepting the job as the mayor's sixth chief of staff, a post that pays $147,000 a year.
Weiss will replace Judith Kurland, whom Menino appointed to a new job as director of partnerships.
Weiss said he wants to bring "urgency, accountability, and outside-the-box thinking,'' to City Hall. He talks excitedly about "deliverables,'' "choice architecture'' and "surfacing ideas.'' He declined to discuss specific issue priorities, saying that is the mayor's purview. He said his job is "to support the mayor's agenda for the city, and I think that breaks down into helping surface and gather ideas, move the agenda forward, and help to make sure that it turns into results for the people.''
Weiss, who acknowledges some nervousness about his new job, said, "I'm definitely going to make some mistakes.
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Morgan, Rick MacDonald of Chase Commercial Bank, and Mitchell Weiss, Chief of Staff for Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
"This is the greatest city in the world," said Mitchell Weiss, the Chief of Staff for Mayor Menino's office.
Berkshire Eagle Online - Region, 28 Feb 2005 [cached]
Boston, for example, received a letter from the FDA when it first started the program but has had no communication from the agency since, said Mitch Weiss, a member of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's staff.
Though the Office was not founded ..., 7 Nov 2014 [cached]
Though the Office was not founded until 2010, the phrase "New Urban Mechanics" was first coined in 2005 by Mitchell B. Weiss '99, a Harvard Business School lecturer, who was then a student at HBS, working as a fellow in the Mayor's Office.
Weiss later oversaw the launch of the office while he was serving as chief of staff for Menino.
Now a senior lecturer at HBS, he credits many faculty members with providing mentoring and insights on everything from the organization of the office, to open innovation and open government.
"HBS made it possible for us to be there in the Mayor's Office in the first place...but HBS also trained us to do something there to make a difference in the world," Weiss said.
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