Katherine Oliver

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Katherine Oliver, a recognized leader in media, entertainment and technology, is a founding Principal of Bloomberg Associates, a consultancy firm established by Mike Bloomberg to provide both strategic and practical advice to cities worldwide. Katherine oversees the media and technology portfolio, advising cities on economic development and public communications strategies, while helping them harness the power of media and technology to improve government services. 

Katherine has a long history of working alongside Mike Bloomberg, first as General Manager for Bloomberg Radio & Television, and then in government where Mayor Bloomberg appointed her as Commissioner of Media & Entertainment for New York City, a position she held from 2002-2013. 

Katherine has been focused on expanding New York City’s tech sector included creating an office to design, develop and oversee a comprehensive digital media strategy, and promoting the growth of the industry through marketing, education and long-term infrastructure investment strategies. When Mayor Bloomberg left office at the end of 2013 a quarter of a million people were employed in the tech industry. Katherine’s results-oriented strategy and her deftness in developing strong relationships and partnerships with international leaders in media and technology contributed to the success of the organization and the turnaround of the film and tech industry in New York City. 

The New York Observer dubbed Katherine the “$70 billion dollar woman” for her contributions to New York City as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Signature initiatives, such as the now globally recognized and often imitated “Made in NY” marketing and branding campaign, served as a cornerstone in the strategy to secure passage of the first-ever municipal tax credit for the film and TV industry. 

Katherine is a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee, and serves on several boards including the Paley Center for Media, Center for Communications, the Ghetto Film School, John Jay College and the IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project). 

Katherine teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and has taught at New York University.