Michael R. Bloomberg President of the Board
UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action
Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies
108 th Mayor of New York City
Michael R. Bloomberg founded a financial information start-up in 1981 and built it into a global media company with nearly 20,000 employees. In 2001, he was elected mayor of New York City and served for three terms, raising high school graduation rates by 40 percent, reducing city greenhouse gas emissions by 14 percent, and increasing life expectancy by 3 years. He has since resumed leadership of Bloomberg LP.
Bloomberg is an international leader in the fight against climate change. He has made the issue a top priority of his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and serves as the UN Secretary- General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action. As President of the Board of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors, he has rallied cities to set ambitious climate-related goals and measure their progress in doing so. He is also working to involve the financial industry in the effort against climate change.
His latest initiative, Beyond Carbon, is the largest-ever coordinated U.S. campaign to fight the climate crisis, bringing his total global investment on the issue to $1 billion. Bloomberg is co-author, with Carl Pope, of the New York Times bestseller Climate of Hope.