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by Patrick McCarthy on Nov 30, 2016

Connecting Our Youths to Our Collective Future 

To ensure that all young people become productive adults, we need to actively seek out, identify and confront policies and behaviors that – intentionally or not – sideline youth of color from pathways to opportunity and, simultaneously, we need to invest in and expand the things that help them succeed.

Blog Post Jill Nishi on Nov 30, 2016

Opening the Bridge to Opportunity through Education 

Our work to date has taught us the imperative of deep and deliberate engagement with educators—particularly teachers—but also parents and communities, as full partners in achieving our shared goals o…

Blog Post Nancy Zimpher on Nov 30, 2016

The State University of New York: Executing Change to Drive Collective Impact 

Driven by our core mission to provide every New Yorker with the opportunity for a world-class higher education, we at SUNY have taken on a challenge. We have committed to becoming the change leader N…

Blog Post Dr. Michael Lomax on Nov 30, 2016

Connecting Students of Color to 21st Century Job Market Demands  

Public schools are no longer legally segregated, but de facto segregation—segregation caused by housing patterns—is greater today than it was a half century ago, and research shows that schools with …

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Melinda Pollack 

Melinda Pollack, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners, leads Enterprise’s Transit-Oriented Development Initiative at the national scale as well as Enterprise’s program and policy agendas across the Denver region.

Blog Post Steven Bosacker on Nov 28, 2016

Realizing the Innovation Dividend 

What makes a high-performing city government?

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 17, 2016

#BensTake: Reflections on the 2016 Election 

Living Cities' CEO offers questions and initial reflections on what the election means for low-income people in America’s cities, and what it means for our work.

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Innovation Teams 

Blog Post Angela Glover Blackwell on Nov 16, 2016

Beyond Affordable Housing: Creating Opportunities in Every Community  

Fresh ideas, new collaborations, and important policy changes are advancing affordable housing as a platform for connecting residents to opportunity. However, re-thinking affordable housing without m…

Blog Post Andrew Plepler on Nov 16, 2016

Finding a New Approach to Partnerships Key for the Next 25 Years 

We’ve learned from challenges and recognize that partnerships, education, and a greater role by the private sector is needed to address a more sustainable approach to housing for diverse communities

Blog Post Terri Ludwig on Nov 16, 2016

Opportunity Begins at Home: How the Last 25 Years in Affordable Housing Can Inf… 

We can’t simply do more of the same if we hope to wrestle down the housing affordability crisis. Fortunately, over the last 25 years we’ve learned some valuable lessons, and they point to how we can …

Blog Post Raphael Bostic on Nov 16, 2016

The Black History of Housing in America: How the Dream Was Deferred 

Understanding the persistent black-white wealth gap requires an analysis of decades-old policies. Learning from our history can help us change the future.

Blog Post Michael Rizer on Nov 16, 2016

Homeownership as a Tool to Build Wealth 

Private/public/nonprofit partnerships will remain critical to building healthy neighborhoods and thriving cities in the future.

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Andy Rachlin 

Andy Rachlin oversees business development, underwriting and transaction structuring across the asset classes in which TRF invests, with a particular focus on short and medium-term debt instruments. He also takes an active role in new product develo…

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Elizabeth Reynoso on Nov 15, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? Identifying a Government Champion 

Although we were initially drawn to Pay for Success as an innovative way to use capital, we quickly realized that PFS can drive public sector innovation as well. A government champion is critical for…

Blog Post Robert DelCampo on Nov 10, 2016

2 + 1 + 2 = A Pipeline for Education  

A new hope has emerged in Albuquerque on increasing college completion rates and providing opportunities for low-income students

Blog Post Andrea Levere on Nov 9, 2016

Crossing the Great Divide: Building Assets and Wealth for All 

“But it’s all right, ‘cause it’s all white…I ain’t talking about rich, I’m talking about wealth.” - Chris Rock, 2004

Blog Post Brandee McHale on Nov 9, 2016

Philanthropy’s Moment: Enabling and Protecting the Financial Futures of America… 

Three principles can help philanthropy create financial stability for the futures of American families.

Person John Jay College

Beth Wladyka O’Brien 

"Beth Wladyka O'Brien is Director of Special Events at John Jay College. Beth Wladyka O’Brien joined Living Cities in May 2012 as the Director of Strategy and Engagement for the Admiral Center, an initiative that helps athletes and celebrities use t…

Blog Post Joe Kriesberg on Nov 9, 2016

Creating a Healthy Community Development Ecosystem 

Structural racism is a pollutant that threatens the community development ecosystem. How can we confront and defeat this dangerous pollutant?

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan & Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Nov 8, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? Assessing Collaboration 

When things go wrong in a PFS project—and they most likely will—it’s the quality of the partners’ collaboration that determines whether the project stays on track toward better outcomes for low-incom…