The Somerville Connection. Embedded in the Innovation Field Lab is the leadership experience and best practices from Joseph Curtatone, mayor of Somerville and an Ash Center Innovations Senior Visiting Fellow. Drawing upon over a decade’s worth of experience as Mayor and Somerville’s pioneering innovations in governance, Mayor Curtatone will help lead the Field Lab’s operations and educational activities. As a co-facilitator of the inaugural field study course: MLD 621M, Field Study in Urban Innovation, Mayor Curtatone shares first-hand reflections of Somerville’s steps towards becoming a leader in municipal innovation and provide participating students with guidance and feedback throughout the semester.