About Mayor Greg 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.
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.
During his tenure, Louisville has experienced a renaissance, adding 83,000 jobs and 3,000 new businesses, with unprecedented investments in affordable housing. In addition, 20,000 Louisvillians have worked themselves out of poverty or into the middle class. More than $15 billion dollars in capital construction is planned or underway, including 25 new hotels built to support the city’s thriving bourbon and local food tourism, also known as Bourbonism. And in 2018, Louisville was named a Top 15 city for attracting millennials.
The Mayor has championed the city’s Evolve 502 education initiative with the goal of giving every child and family the tools they need to thrive and succeed. He’s mandated that city decisions are made through the lens of public health, and during his tenure, Louisville has been named an International Model City of Compassion four times.
Following the tragic death of Breonna Taylor and ensuing racial justice protests, the Fischer administration enacted numerous police reforms and continues working with public and private-sector partners to advance the causes of racial equity and racial justice.
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. 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.
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.