March 18, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. CDT

As the COVID-19 pandemic sheds light on urban inequalities, what does equitable urban life look like? What kinds of strategies, programs, and movements create more equitable cities?


In the past, we have discussed inclusive urban economic frameworks, creating better cities for all, and confronting systemic racism and inequity. We will continue to explore the relationship between inequality and urban space, equity in crisis response, and global approaches to pursuing equity.

Registration for this event is free thanks to generous support from our sponsors.


Video for this program was recorded before March 16 and aired on March 18.


4:00 - 4:10 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Peter Spiegel, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

4:10 - 4:20 p.m.

Keynote: Health Equity in the United States

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Chair, Health Equity Task Force, US Department of Health and Human Services

Moderator: Edward Luce, US National Editor, Financial Times

4:20 - 5:00 p.m.

Building Back Better Toward an Equitable City

LaToya Cantrell, Mayor New Orleans

Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles

Dan Plato, Executive Mayor, Cape Town

Marvin Rees, Mayor, Bristol

Moderator: Gillian Tett, Editor-At-Large, US and Chair of the Editorial Board, Financial Times

5:00 - 5:05 p.m.

Spotlight City: London

Sadiq Khan, Mayor, London

5:05 - 5:25 p.m.

Cities Driving the Transport Agenda

Pete Buttigieg, United States Secretary of Transportation

Phillip Washington, CEO, Los Angeles Metro

Moderator: Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal, Bloomberg Associates

5:25 - 5:35 p.m.

Keynote: The Case for a Global Response

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Moderator: Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs




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United States Secretary of Transportation

Washington, DC

Pete Buttigieg took office in January, 2021, as the 19th US Secretary of Transportation. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris administration, Secretary Buttigieg served two terms as mayor of his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. A graduate of Harvard University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Buttigieg served for seven years as an officer in the US Navy Reserve, taking a leave of absence from the mayor’s office for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014. In South Bend, “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg worked across the aisle to transform the city’s future and improve residents’ everyday lives. In 2019, Secretary Buttigieg launched a historic campaign for president, and in 2021 made history as the first openly gay person confirmed to serve in a president’s Cabinet. Secretary Buttigieg lives with his husband Chasten and their rescue dogs, Buddy and Truman.

Twitter: @SecretaryPete; @USDOT




Mayor, New Orleans

New Orleans

LaToya Cantrell made history on May 7, 2018 when she became New Orleans’ first woman mayor in the three-century history of the city. Since becoming Mayor, she has focused on public safety, infrastructure, and housing. She has presided over record-low homicide and other violent-crime rates while seeking innovative strategies to address the rising number of system-involved youth. She successfully led the “Fair Share” campaign to secure a historic relocation of tourism-generated tax revenue to improve the city’s crumbling infrastructure and has rapidly sped up a range of infrastructure-related projects. Previously, Mayor Cantrell was president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association in New Orleans, leading the neighborhood’s redevelopment following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. Broadmoor is now considered an international model for disaster recovery. In 2012, Mayor Cantrell was elected as a city councilmember representing District B, where she focused on focused on three major issues: health, housing, and criminal justice. Mayor Cantrell earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Xavier University of Louisiana and completed executive management training at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Twitter: @mayorcantrell




President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97. Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books, including The Empty Throne: How America Abdicated Its Global Leadership (with James M. Lindsay) (2018). Daalder was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Twitter: @IvoHDaalder


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Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Chief Medical Adviser to President Joe Biden

Bethesda, MD

Anthony S. Fauci, MD is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the US National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. As the long-time chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, Dr. Fauci has made many seminal contributions in basic and clinical research and is one of the world’s most-cited biomedical scientists. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world. Dr. Fauci is currently the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.


Twitter: @NIAIDNews




Mayor, Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, the son of public servants and the grandson and great-grandson of immigrants from Mexico and Eastern Europe, Mayor Garcetti’s life has been shaped by a deep commitment to the core values of justice, dignity, and equality for all people. As the city’s chief executive, he has led LA to raise its minimum wage, lower its business tax, bring Hollywood jobs home, and pass the nation's boldest transportation plan and a groundbreaking initiative to house the homeless. Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as president of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as mayor, he served as the councilmember representing the 13th District. He received his BA and MA from Columbia University. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and later studied at the London School of Economics. Previously, Garcetti has served his country as an intelligence officer in the US Navy Reserve and taught at the University of Southern California and Occidental College.


Twitter: @MayorOfLA


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Mayor, London


Sadiq Khan was elected Mayor of London in May 2016, winning the largest personal mandate in the history of British politics by securing the support of 1.3 million Londoners. Prior to becoming mayor, Sadiq was the member of Parliament for Tooting in South London for 11 years. During this time, he attended Cabinet and served as shadow secretary of state for justice from May 2010 and shadow minister for London from 2013. He is the first mayor of London to appoint a deputy mayor for social integration, social mobility, and community engagement, with social integration as one of the key priorities of his administration. The Mayor’s focus on making the built environment more equitable, the Green New Deal, and standing up to racism, are now shaping London’s recovery. As mayor, he has said that London’s recovery from COVID-19 must ensure that nobody is left behind, and no one organisation or sector can tackle these challenges alone. This has led the Mayor to set up the London Recovery Board, bringing together representatives from business, public sector agencies, and civil society to tackle the inequalities exposed by the pandemic.


Twitter: @SadiqKhan


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US National Editor, Financial Times

Washington, DC

Edward Luce is the US national editor and columnist at the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, FT's leaders/editorials on American politics and the economy, and other articles. Before that he was the FT's chief US commentator and Washington bureau chief. Other roles have included South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi, Capital Markets editor in London, and Philippines correspondent. Luce was previously the speechwriter for the US Treasury Secretary, Lawrence H. Summers, in the Clinton administration. He is the author of the best-selling books, The Retreat of Western Liberalism (2017), Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent (2012), and In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India (2007). He appears regularly on CNN, NPR, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and the BBC. Luce received a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University and a post-graduate degree in journalism from City University, London.

Twitter: @EdwardGLuce


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Associate Dean of Health Equity Research at Yale School of Medicine; Chair of COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force at the US Department of Health and Human Services

New Haven, CT

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS is the associate dean of health equity research at Yale School of Medicine; associate professor of medicine, public health, and management; and director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) in the Office for Health Equity Research. ERIC’s research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases. Dr. Nunez-Smith currently serves as chair of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She was previously a co-chair of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board and community committee chair of the ReOpen Connecticut Advisory Group. Dr. Nunez-Smith is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, where she also received a master’s in health sciences. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College and earned a BA in biological anthropology and psychology at Swarthmore College.

Twitter: @DrNunezSmith; @ERIC_Yale


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Executive Mayor, Cape Town

Cape Town

Dan Plato is a South African politician and current executive mayor of Cape Town. He was elected in November 2018 and has previously held the position from May 2009 until June 2011. Born in Cape Town, Plato has been involved in political activities since high school. He was a community organizer and played a crucial role in mobilizing residents against the Apartheid government. Plato was first elected as a ward councilor in 1996 and later as mayor of Cape Town in May 2009 succeeding Helen Zille, who was elected premier of the Western Cape. In 2011, the Democratic Alliance nominated Patricia de Lille to be the party's Cape Town mayoral candidate. Plato subsequently took office as a member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, where Premier Helen Zille appointed him to the position of provincial minister of community safety. In September 2018, the Democratic Alliance named Plato as the party’s preferred candidate for mayor. In October 2018, Plato resigned from his positions at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and was sworn in as a councilor on 1 November 2018 before being elected mayor on 6 November 2018.

Twitter: @CityofCT


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Mayor, Bristol


Marvin Rees is the elected mayor of Bristol, UK. He was elected in May 2016, becoming the first European city mayor of Black African-Caribbean descent, and has prioritized housing, transportation, and early health and education intervention.  After beginning his career in the voluntary sector, Rees worked in Washington, DC on the response of faith-based organizations to President Clinton's Welfare Reform Bill. He later worked in both public health and radio broadcasting, becoming a journalist at BBC Radio Bristol. Rees founded the City Leadership Programme in 2012, which invests in young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and he continues as its director.  He developed the Bristol City Office, bringing together diverse organizations to work on the long-term problems facing the city. Rees received a MA in political theory and government from Swansea University and a MA in global economic development from Eastern University. He also participated in the Yale World Fellows program.

Twitter: @MarvinJRees


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Principal, Bloomberg Associates

New York City

Janette Sadik-Khan served as commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) from 2007 to 2013, where she implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility, and sustainability and ensure a state of good repair on the city’s roads, bridges, and ferries. At Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities with innovative projects that can be developed quickly and inexpensively. At NYC DOT, Janette oversaw a $2.8 billion budget, delivering transformative projects including the pedestrianization of Broadway through Times Square, the launch of seven rapid bus routes and the nation’s largest bike-share program. During her tenure, she added nearly 400 miles of bicycle lanes and installed 60 plazas across the city. She was a senior vice president at Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering firm and served as deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration. Sadik-Khan is the chair of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, an organization of 84 major North American cities and transit agencies, and is on the board of directors for both the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and the Regional Plan Association. She is the author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.

Twitter: @JSadikKhan




US Managing Editor, Financial Times

New York City

Peter Spiegel is US managing editor of Financial Times, where he oversees editorial operations in the US and Americas. Previously, he spent three years as news editor in London, and also served as Brussels bureau chief. The FT won 13 British Press Awards while Spiegel was news editor, including news website of the year in 2017, and newspaper of the year in 2018. Spiegel formerly served as the national security correspondent for LA Times and The Wall Street Journal. He earned an MSc in European politics from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in history from University of Pennsylvania.

Twitter: @SpiegelPeter


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Editor-at-large, US and Chair of the Editorial Board, Financial Times

New York City

Gillian Tett serves as America editor-at-large and chair for the US Editorial Board for the Financial Times. She writes weekly columns for the Financial Times, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues. Tett’s past roles at the Financial Times have included US managing editor (2010 to 2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels. Tett has won numerous awards, including Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards, the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award, and others. Among her books are Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers (Simon & Schuster, 2015). Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the Spear’s Book Awards. Tett holds a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University.


Twitter: @gilliantett


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CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Los Angeles

Phillip A. Washington is the CEO of LA Metro, where he leads an agency that runs the United States’ third-busiest transit system. He was instrumental in the 2016 successful effort to pass Measure M, a half-cent sales tax in LA County, that will help build 40 major highway and transit projects over the next 40 years. Measure M is the largest modern public works program in North America. Previously, Washington was the CEO of Denver Regional Transportation District, where he implemented the nation’s first and only $2.2 billion transit public-private partnership. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Washington is a 24-year veteran of the United States Army, where he held the rank of Command Sergeant Major, the highest non-commissioned officer rank an enlisted soldier could achieve. He retired from active duty, is a disabled veteran, and was awarded the prestigious Defense Superior Service Medal for exceptional service to his country. Washington holds a BA in business administration from Columbia College, an MA in management from Webster University, and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.


Twitter: @metrolosangeles


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