Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams served as the mayor of Washington, D.C. from 1999 until 2007. He’s currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, a nonprofit that promotes D.C. advancement.

Can a Mayor Take the White House?

Historically, running a city has been no help to presidential aspirants. But that might soon change.

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The Problem With Urban Philanthropy

Mega-donations don’t end up helping the parts of the city that need it most. Is there a better way to spread giving dollars around?

Stop One-Party Rule in Big Cities

A former Democratic mayor argues that his party’s grip on urban politics needs to end.

Police Aren't Getting Better at Solving Murders

Why is the clearance rate in U.S. cities so low?

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The Comeback Investment in Cities

Social impact investing can enlist companies, philanthropic institutions, and residents in a shared sense of destiny.

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Maybe Government Data Shouldn’t Always Be Free

What do cities owe their taxpayers when businesses use their data?

What Data-Driven Mayors Don't Get

In an age of growing alienation from civic institutions, the technocrats running many American cities don’t understand what old-style political machines once delivered.