Task Force member – Chairman
Michael R. Bloomberg
Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies
UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions
Mike Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and three-term mayor of New York City whose innovations in business, government, and philanthropy have made him a pioneering leader on critical issues facing America and the world. He has launched major efforts to save and improve lives, including America’s largest campaigns to fight the climate crisis and prevent gun violence, and global initiatives to tackle pressing public health issues. Bloomberg serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, and as WHO Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries.
Elected mayor just weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Bloomberg led New York City’s resurgence. Bloomberg reduced carbon emissions by 13 percent, increased New Yorkers’ life expectancy by three years, and – despite the Great Recession – led the city to record job growth. After his third term in City Hall, he resumed leadership of Bloomberg LP, the financial technology and media company he founded in 1981, and expanded his philanthropic work. Bloomberg LP now employs some 20,000 people, and Bloomberg Philanthropies works on initiatives across five main focus areas: the environment, public health, education, government innovation, and the arts. He has also launched a series of programs to fight the coronavirus. Bloomberg has given away more than $11 billion.
A longtime champion in the fight against climate change, he leads a number of national and international efforts to make progress, including serving as chair of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Bloomberg also serves as president of the board of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and he co-chairs both the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and the “America Is All In” coalition. His partnership with environmental groups has helped retire more than 60% of all U.S. coal plants since 2011 and more than half of all European plants since 2016. At the UN Secretary-General’s request, he formed the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative with other influential private sector leaders to accelerate investments in climate solutions.
Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School. He is the father of two daughters, Emma and Georgina, and has two grandchildren.