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Katherine Oliver
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Katherine Oliver

Company: Bloomberg
Title: Principal
Fields of operation: Media
Twitter: kolivernyc

Katherine Oliver is a principal at Bloomberg Associates, an international philanthropic consulting firm founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In her position overseeing the media and technology portfolio, Katherine helps cities harness the power of media and technology to improve government services, and advises them how to attract and promote businesses to support economic growth in these sectors. Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Katherine served as Commissioner of NYC's Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment from 2002-2013. There she implemented strategic initiatives such as the Made in NY marketing and branding program; helped to generate direct spending of $7.1 billion annually in the entertainment sector, an increase of more than 50% from 2002; and saw jobs climb to an all-time high of 130,000. Under Katherine, the City instituted the first and only municipal-based tax credit in the film industry; initiated a program to train minorities for work in film and TV production; created the position of Chief Digital Officer, the first of its kind anywhere; and delivered a roadmap to establish NYC as the world's top-ranked digital city. By the end of the Bloomberg Administration, 300 feature films and over 100 TV shows were being shot each year in New York City, and more than a quarter million people were employed in the tech industry. Prior to the Bloomberg Administration, Oliver was the General Manager of Bloomberg Radio & Television, where she launched and developed the company's global media operations. Katherine serves on not for profit boards including the Paley Center, the Center for Communications, the Ghetto Film School, John Jay College and the Independent Filmmaker Project- IFP. She teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and has taught at NYU.