It’s fair to say that nothing big gets done in New York without Kathryn Wylde.
As CEO of Partnership for New York — a nonprofit whose members are the city’s business leaders, collectively employing more than 1.5 million New Yorkers — she’s arguably the city’s most powerful civic and business force.
As New York Magazine reported, Partnership for New York is a “group that sees itself as functioning something like a permanent government, guiding city policy through the political vicissitudes of the moment and making sure New York remains welcoming to capital and investment … Its closed-door breakfasts are essential stops for the city’s political class and anyone hoping to join it.”
Wylde is adamant that the group is not a chamber of commerce, but “business working on behalf of the city.”
And in this episode of How to Really Run a City, The Citizen podcast co-hosted by former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Citizen co-founder Larry Platt, Wylde makes a compelling case for increased cross-sector collaboration, shares her optimism around the return-to-office debate, and calls on all of us to play a part in the social experiment we call cities.
Take a listen here, then catch up on the episodes you may have missed here.
MORE EPISODES OF HOW TO REALLY RUN A CITYKathryn Wylde (center) stands alongside New York Mayor Eric Adams.