Lightfoot lands at Harvard after leaving Chicago in shambles: ‘She will fit right into this failed institution’

Less than a month from her ousting as Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot is back, this time at Harvard to teach a class on “Health Policy and Leadership.”

Starting this fall, Lightfoot will be known as a Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Ivy League school.

“This program offers a unique opportunity for those who have recently served in high-level positions in government, multilateral institutions, nonprofit organizations, and journalism to spend time at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to share reflections of their own career and leadership expertise with the next generation of world leaders,” Harvard explains. “Senior Leadership Fellows mentor students who aspire to similar roles and collaborate with renowned academic colleagues, exploring important issues pertaining to strategic decision-making and leadership development in public health.”

According to Harvard, as “Chicago’s first Black woman and first openly gay mayor,” Lightfoot “led a coordinated, citywide response across government, business, and community organizations to safeguard public health and minimize economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

She also “focused on generating inclusive economic growth across the city’s neighborhoods. Her accomplishments included landmark ethics and good governance reforms, worker protection legislation, and key investments in education, public safety, and financial stability,” the university says.

Sadly, as BizPac Review reported in June 2021, her COVID-19 response was at odds with her quest to end racism in the Windy City.

Lightfoot declared that racism was a “public health emergency,” allowing her to reallocate $10 million in COVID-19 relief funds to address it in Chicago.

With respect to “financial stability” and “good governance,” Lightfoot was torched on social media in January for dancing in the streets while crime soared and the “Magnificent Mile,” Chicago’s famous downtown shopping district, boasted a 30 percent vacancy rate.

And ethics?

Remember, this is the mayor who defended getting a haircut in defiance of her state’s stay-at-home order during the COVID lockdowns because she was “the face of this city.”

But according to Harvard, Lightfoot “showed strong leadership.”

“I’m delighted to welcome Mayor Lightfoot to Harvard Chan School as a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow,” said Michelle A. Williams, Dean of Faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, according to CBS News. “As mayor, she showed strong leadership in advocating for health, equity, and dignity for every resident of Chicago, from her declaration of structural racism as a public health crisis to her innovative initiative to bring mental health services to libraries and shelters. And of course, she led the city through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

On Twitter, the former mayor gushed about her new position.

“I’ve always loved teaching, and the opportunity to get back to it is something I am excited about,” she tweeted. “Looking forward to sharing the experiences and perceptions I learned governing through one of the most challenging times in American history with the @HarvardChanSPH community!”

Some on Twitter thought Lightfoot was a “perfect fit” for Harvard.


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