Blog Post Marlon Williams & Alyssa Smaldino on Jun 5, 2019

What Does Racial Equity & Inclusion Look Like for the Public Sector? 

Blog Post Hafizah Omar on May 30, 2019

Finding the Roots of Our Histories Towards Collective Liberation 

This blog is part of a series of blogs highlighting Living Cities staff's various cultures in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage month.

Blog Post Crystal Li & JaNay Queen Nazaire on May 24, 2019

Bringing Our Results Framework to Life: Building a Data Culture 

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Nigel Jacob 

Nigel Jacob is Living Cities' Urban Technologist in Residence and Founder and Co-Chair for the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston, Massachusetts.

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan on May 24, 2019

You Are What You Eat – Reclaiming my South Indian Heritage 

Food can be a way of preserving culture and maintaining a connection to home in a foreign place, as was the case in my family. In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I’m sharing …

Blog Post Crystal Li on May 17, 2019

The Little-Known History of Chinese Restaurants 

For Asian Pacific American Heritage month, I wanted to share a portion of my culture’s history. We need to be able to support each other to lift up our voices and share how our struggles are rooted i…

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The New Geographers: How Detroiters Are Mapping a Better Future for the City 

Blog Post Ellen Ward & Brinda Ganguly on May 15, 2019

Asking the Right Questions to Guide Investments in Closing Racial Wealth Gaps 

Blog Post Demetric Duckett on May 10, 2019

A Different Philanthropic Approach: Seeding Hope in Regional Inclusive Growth 

Blog Post Robin Brule & Shanee Helfer on May 8, 2019

Navigating Collective Impact through a Mayoral Transition 

Lessons and resources from Albuquerque around sustaining cross-sector work through a mayoral transition.

Blog Post Ellen Ward & Sindhu Lakshmanan on May 1, 2019

Adapt to Changing Needs, and Other Lessons from Living Cities’ Pay for Success … 

Blog Post Colleen Dawicki on Apr 26, 2019

Stepping Up and Stepping Back: Features of Effective Backbone Organizations 

Lessons learned about backbones from 4 years of the Working Cities Challenge.

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Kaci Roach 

Kaci Roach is a Senior Manager, Knowledge for StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. In her role, Kaci organizes knowledge gained from working with Cradle to Career Partnerships around the country to build resources and interactive tools fo…

Blog Post Demetric Duckett & Shanee Helfer on Apr 25, 2019

Centering Community in Collective Impact 

Through a decade of place-based work, we've gathered these tools and lessons for bringing community voice into the collective impact model. How can these apply to your own work?

Blog Post Brinda Ganguly & Brian R. Nagendra on Apr 17, 2019

Apply a racial lens, and other lessons from Living Cities’ impact investments 

Race-neutral efforts to boost economic opportunity have failed. Going forward, organizations across sectors must deliberately incorporate a racial lens into their economic security efforts.

Blog Post Matt Baer on Apr 4, 2019

Accelerating Government’s Knowledge of Undoing Racism 

Five cities are building their understanding of structural and systemic inequality, in order to deepen their ability to address small business growth with a racial equity lens so all communities can …

Blog Post Kien Lee on Apr 3, 2019

Key Recommendations for Funders, Evaluators, and Technical Assistance Providers… 

We are lifting up lessons we’ve learned from our Racial Equity Here cohort, five cities working to operationalize racial equity in local governments. In this blog post, Kien Lee, our evaluator outlin…

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Jake Auchincloss 

Jake Auchincloss is a research assistant at the Ash Center and a dual degree candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire & Crystal Li on Mar 22, 2019

Getting Real About Results 

How can we fix the disconnect between our investment and the impact we hope to achieve?

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Ben Hecht on Mar 22, 2019

Beyond Counting Policies: Measuring Progress in Racial Equity