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Prof. Mitchell B. Weiss

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: (617) ***-****  
Email: m***@***.edu
Harvard Business School
30 Harvard Way
Boston , Massachusetts 02163
United States

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  • Master , Business Administration
    The Harvard Business School
  • A.B. with Honors , Economics
    Harvard University
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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.
Boston's Innovation District: The Official Site from the City of Boston | Tag Archive | Design Museum, 7 May 2011 [cached]
October 8th, 2010 · samhammar · live, play, work No comments - Tags: Barbara Lynch, Collective Next, design, Design Museum, DIGMA, Greg Bialecki, Mitch Weiss, Seaport Square, Waterside Place
Yesterday, Mitch Weiss, Mayor Menino's Chief of Staff, presented the vision the Innovation District to over 200 local designers and business leaders at the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA) "Design Means Business" conference. The conference theme was about going "back to the drawing board, not the board room… to rethink, restructure, and relaunch," which made for a perfect place to have a discussion about the Innovation District.
Weiss opened with the vision for the next generation of the South Boston waterfront, adding that "we need to get back to good design" for the district to be a success. He proposed that "we all have a unique opportunity to actually do innovation in a place where designers are next to manufacturers… because proximity matters and design matters.
Pictured above are Harvard Business Review's Jeff Kehoe, Behnisch Architekten's Martin Werminghausen, C & J Katz Studio's Cheryl Katz, Barbara Lynch, Mayor Menino's Chief of Staff Mitch Weiss, & Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the State of Massachusetts Greg Bialekcki
In response to an audience question on whether the Innovation District was modeled after other similar initiatives, Weiss said that this is not an emulation of anywhere else, then added that Silicon Valley is not just one location, but rather a series of regional nodes of innovation, which we already have in Massachusetts and New England.
Other questions were raised about the area's family-friendliness, desire for a public school to be there, and the need for more public space. On the last issue, Weiss mentioned that the two recently approved development projects, Waterside Place and Seaport Square, will have public innovation centers as well as outside public space.
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]
Why Entrepreneurs Should Go Work for Government - Tu Primer Capital, 1 Nov 2015 [cached]
In a new Harvard Business School course on public entrepreneurship,Mitchell B. Weiss explores how fresh thinkers can work with-and within-the halls of government.
Mitchell B. Weiss has heard it too many times: government doesn't work. Too slow. Too bureaucratic. Too burdened by procurement rules and performance measures.
"Some of that is fair, and some of that is unfair, but it adds up over time," says Weiss, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School who has created a new MBA course, Public Entrepreneurship. "The course allows students to consider the alternative that government can work-or they can help make it work."
Once chief of staff to the late Boston mayor Thomas Menino, Weiss isn't just engaging in wishful thinking.
Weiss co-founded the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, which among other projects produced the nation's first big-city 311 app that allows citizens to alert government to potholes and graffiti. He also helped cut through zoning laws to create the Boston Innovation District on a vast and underdeveloped swath of waterfront in South Boston, attracting hundreds of startups.
And when the 2013 Boston Marathon was attacked, Weiss helped establish the One Fund within 24 hours to serve as a central pool for donations to victims. "The One Fund ended up channeling $60 million to survivors and to the families of the victims in 75 days. That speed is virtually unheard of," says Weiss.
"The One Fund team made it known we would proceed without nonprofit status rather than agree with its finding," Weiss remembers.
"We have many talented people in government, but by and large they have tended to be analysts and strategists, rather than inventors and builders," says Weiss, who hopes his course can help change that.
"There was this paradox-on the one hand, government is the biggest customer in the world; on the other hand, 90 out of 100 VCs would say they don't back business models that sell to government," says Weiss. "Though that's starting to change as startups and government are starting to change. OpenGov received a $15 million round of funding last spring led by Andreessen Horowitz, and $17 million was pumped into civic social-networking app MindMixer last fall.
Governments could attract even more capital by examining their procurement rules to speed buying, says Weiss, giving them that same sense of urgency and lean startup practices needed to be successful in entrepreneurial projects.
"In government we announce something and wait to get it perfect. By using more experimental approaches, some public leaders are achieving success by testing and learning instead of writing a plan in stone before executing it."
In the HBS case study More Citizens Connect, Weiss details some of the learning challenges involved with Citizens Connect, the 311 app produced for Boston.
"But we must wrestle with the downsides of that, too," says Weiss.
says Weiss. "Boston was one of the early cities where Uber was allowed to operate. I ask students whether they think we did the right thing."
Other aspects of working with government, such as requirements for openness and public scrutiny, could be seen as opportunities as much as impediments.
"Nowadays, companies are desperate to have a huge community of innovators looking at what they are doing and offering ideas," says Weiss. "For centuries government has naturally engaged people in what it is doing. Government should be naturals at crowdsourcing."
In exploring these challenges and opportunities, Weiss believes the public entrepreneurship course can help make working in government a viable alternative for innovators looking to effect real change. Noting that HBS offered pioneering courses in private entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, he is hoping that eventually public entrepreneurship will be seen as just as legitimate a field of enterprise.
"For 200 years, we've had a sense of how private entrepreneurship creates and delivers value, and for the last 20 years, we've seen the development of the idea of social entrepreneurship," says Weiss.
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