The New Future of Work: Future of Cities

Monday, November 23, 2020
10–11 a.m. PST
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

As new remote work options decouple employees from their employers’ physical locations, what becomes of city centers across the country? Does the divide between urban and rural communities narrow or widen? What will happen to onsite essential workers and small businesses?

Join SF Fed President Mary C. Daly in conversation with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta, Georgia), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (Magic Johnson Enterprises), Mayor Lauren McLean (Boise, Idaho), and Enrico Moretti (UC Berkeley). We will explore how changes brought on by COVID-19 are affecting our cities and what that means for the people who live and work there.

This is the second event in a series of discussions on the new future of work.

How is the COVID-19 pandemic reshaping the way we work? What’s next for the workplace once the pandemic is behind us? San Francisco Fed President Mary C. Daly discusses the New Future of Work with Keisha Lance Bottoms (City of Atlanta, Georgia), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (Magic Johnson Enterprises), Lauren McLean (City of Boise, Idaho), and Enrico Moretti (UC Berkeley). November 23, 2020. Transcript coming soon.

About our speakers

Mary C. Daly

Mary C. Daly is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and helps set American monetary policy as a Federal Open Market Committee participant. Since taking office in 2018, she has committed to making the SF Fed a more community-engaged bank that is transparent and responsive to the people it serves.

Mary C. Daly

Keisha Lance Bottoms is the 60th mayor of Atlanta. A daughter of Atlanta, Mayor Bottoms is committed to realizing her vision of One Atlanta—an affordable, resilient and equitable Atlanta—which stands as a model city for both commerce and compassion. A lifelong public servant, Bottoms is the only mayor in Atlanta’s history to have served in all three branches of government, serving as a judge and city councilmember before being sworn in as mayor. Leading with a progressive agenda focused on equity and affordable housing, Bottoms serves as chair of the Community Development and Housing Committee and the Census Task Force for the United States Conference of Mayors. A product of Atlanta public schools, Bottoms graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University. She earned her juris doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law. An active member of the community, Mayor Bottoms is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Jack and Jill of America, The Links, Incorporated, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). MJE provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities. Still a commanding presence in popular culture, Johnson made history in 2012 when he became co-owner of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers. He also co-owns the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club, and eSports franchise Team Liquid. He continues to expand his influence through his many businesses that include: EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, and SodexoMAGIC, a food service and facilities management company. The Lansing native is constantly evolving and remaining relevant in a dynamic digital age by broadening his scope into infrastructure and technology. Through a newly formed fund, Johnson is investing millions of dollars on infrastructure improvement in the United States. He is also one of the leading investors in a number of minority-owned technology companies.

Lauren McLean

Lauren McLean is the 56th mayor of Boise. She is the first elected female mayor in the city’s 150-year history. As mayor, she has led the fight against climate change, setting ambitious goals to lead the city into an environmentally and economically resilient future. Her vision is to create a city that is truly for everyone—one that offers equitable access to housing, living wage jobs, transportation, and a seat at the table for residents when decisions about the future of Boise are being made. Public service has been an integral part of McLean’s career and personal life. In 2001, she successfully led the historic Boise Foothills Open Space Levy campaign, securing the Boise Foothills’ for future generations. She served on Boise City Council from 2011–2019 and was voted Council President in 2017. She is an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow, member of New Deal Leaders, and was accepted into the Bloomberg Harvard Leadership Initiative on Economic Recovery. McLean graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University.

Enrico Moretti

Enrico Moretti is the Michael Peevey and Donald Vial Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and is a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge) and a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London) and at the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn). Professor Moretti’s research covers the fields of labor economics and urban economics. He has received several awards and honors, including the Society of Labor Economists’ Rosen Prize for outstanding contributions to labor economics, the Carlo Alberto Medal, the IZA Young Labor Economist Award and a Fulbright Fellowship. His book, The New Geography of Jobs, has been translated in eight languages and was awarded the William Bowen Prize.


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