About Mayor Fischer

Greg Fischer was elected Louisville’s 50th mayor in 2010 — and was sworn in for a third four-year term on January 5, 2019.

Mayor Fischer is a successful businessman and innovator who has never shied away from hard work, ranging from being a crane operator on the docks of Kodiak, Alaska, to becoming an inventor of SerVend ice and beverage dispensers.

Working with his brothers, he led the growth of SerVend International into a global firm nationally recognized for business and leadership excellence. SerVend was acquired by Manitowoc, a Fortune 500 company, in 1997.

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In 1999, Fischer founded Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm, and he later co-founded bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville. Fischer has been a private investor and advisor to dozens of companies.

In 2011, Fischer brought his business expertise and love for building high-performance organizations to the Mayor’s office.

In his tenure, Louisville experienced an economic renaissance, adding 83,000 jobs and 3,000 new businesses, with unprecedented investments in affordable housing. In addition, 20,000 Louisvillians worked themselves out of poverty, and the city attracted more than $20 billion in capital construction, including two new bridges, three new regional libraries, a soccer stadium, a new West Louisville track, and more than two dozen new hotels built to support the city’s thriving bourbon and local food tourism, also known as Bourbonism.

The Mayor championed the city’s Evolve 502 education initiative, which features  a promise scholarship that ensures every public high school graduate has an opportunity for higher learning. He’s mandated that city decisions be made through the lens of public health, and during his tenure, Louisville has been named an International Model City of Compassion four times.

When tragedy struck the city and nation in 2020, he recommitted his administration to tackling increased public safety challenges; dismantling systemic racism, including police reform; and marshalling all resources to hasten Louisville’s recovery from COVID-19.

Mayor Fischer was elected by the mayors of America to be president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2020 and serves as the immediate past president.

Governing Magazine named Mayor Fischer Public Official of the Year in 2013. A 2016 Politico survey named him as the most innovative mayor in America, and in 2017, Politico named him among its list of the nation’s most interesting mayors. In addition, Louisville has been named a Top 15 city for attracting millennials and was among the top 15 large metros with the most growth in high-paying, six-figure jobs from 2015 to 2020, according to Stessa, a web-based platform for property investors.

Mayor Fischer is married to Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides, the daughter of Greek immigrants who were uprooted during the Greek Civil War. The couple have four adult children and one granddaughter.

 

Read about the "Three Pillars" of his administration here. 

Read the "Citizens' Bill of Rights" that the Mayor created here.

See a list of the Mayor's staff here. 

See the city's recognitions here.

Subscribe to the "Mayor's Weekly Update" here. 

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