Daniel Doctoroff ’80 and the Future of New York City

Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

“Dan Doctoroff has done more to change the face of this City than anyone since Robert Moses …. His impact will be felt for decades to come ….  At $1 per year, for six years, the $6 we have paid Dan makes his service to New York perhaps one of the greatest bargains for the City since the purchase of Manhattan for $24."

In conversation with Thomas Dyja:  

Dan will speak with Thomas Dyja, author of an acclaimed recent history of NYC (through the Bloomberg years). Tom’s book is “a tour de force, a work of astonishing breadth and depth … outstanding … so vividly illuminating the past” (review, in The New York Times Book Review, of New York, New York, New York:  Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation).

THIS VIRTUAL EVENT has been arranged by the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Hudson Valley.

A Zoom Livestream – Free –

Registration is required
Thursday, October 26th at 7 p.m.


The accomplishments of Daniel L. Doctoroff ’80 as New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding are prodigious – Mayor Michael Bloomberg was not exaggerating. How did he do it? How did an outsider to City government get so much done?  Fifteen years after he left City Hall, Dan Doctoroff will speak to us by Zoom about the City transformation that he spearheaded – the successes and failures; the lessons learned; and the insights gained about the City’s complexities. And he will discuss where the City is now; the trends for the future; and what he thinks should be done. Please join us for this extraordinary event.

The conversation with Dan will be lead by esteemed author Thomas Dyja, an expert on New York City. Tom’s widely-praised book about the City took seven years to research and write. You can learn more about Tom on his website (where he also narrates a two-minute video about the City), here.

Dan Doctoroff grew up in Michigan; graduated from Harvard College and the University of Chicago Law School; and worked in finance for Lehman Brothers and for private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners. He says he was first inspired towards public service by attending an electrifying World Cup soccer game at Giants Stadium. Mayor-elect Bloomberg admired Dan’s energetic and sophisticated campaign to lure the Summer Olympics to New York City, and appointed him Deputy Mayor. The challenges were immediate for the outsider team of Bloomberg and Doctoroff. The 9/11 tragedy occurred only three and a half months before they took office.