Robert Blaine, Ph.D., chief administrative officer for the city of Jackson, plans to leave his job with the city of Jackson and start a new one on February 1.
He will join the National League of Cities, the nation’s largest membership and advocacy organization for local elected officials, and serve as the newest senior executive and director of the league’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families.
Since 2018, Blaine has managed the city of Jackson’s 2,200 employees and an annual budget of more than $500 million. The development and implementation of the city’s strategic plan are among projects he has led.
With expertise in early childhood success, education and expanded learning, promoting a culture of health, youth and young adult connections, and economic opportunity and financial empowerment, the league’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families reaches cities, towns and villages of all sizes and brings together local leaders to develop strategies through technical assistance projects, peer learning networks, leadership academies and Mayors’ Institutes.
The institute was launched in December 2000 by former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. It has been led and developed since its inception by retiring Director Clifford M. Johnson.