Person Living Cities

Ellen Ward 

Ellen spearheads board and member relations, pursues new relationships with funders, governmental organizations and private sector organizations, and oversees the launch of new projects and special initiatives that address emerging gaps in the field…

Person Living Cities

Shammara Wright 

Shammara serves as a Senior Associate at Living Cities where she helps guide staff and members to work together to achieve racial equity outcomes, and helps to measure the impact their collaboration makes.

Person King County Department of Community & Human Services

Cheryl Markham 

Cheryl Markham is Strategic Policy Advisor in the Director’s Office of the King County Department of Community and Human Services, with wide-ranging and extensive experience and expertise in affordable housing, homelessness and community development…

Person Presidio Institute at Presidio Trust

Alison Gold 

When at Living Cities Alison was responsible for developing and implementing strategies to capture and share what Living Cities is learning from all of its grants, investments, programs and research.

Person San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Ronak Davé Okoye  

Person UpLift Solutions

Donna Leuchten 

Person Enterprise Community Partners

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.

Person Tumml

May Samali  

May Samali is Director at Tumml where she is responsible for running the accelerator program and working closely with the organization's portfolio companies.

Person Living Cities

Tarek Deida 

Person Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Alicia Rouault 

Alicia Rouault leads the Digital Services Group at Boston's Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), a public agency that serves 101 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

Person Governing magazine

Mark Funkhouser 

Mark Funkhouser is the former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, where he served one four-year term from May 1, 2007 until May 2, 2011. He serves as the publisher of Governing magazine.


Greta Byrum 

Greta Byrum ( is a Senior Field Analyst for the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, where she works on collaborative technology design strategies. She is currently working with groups in Detroit and New York to bu…

Person Research & Policy Director, HousingWorks RI, Roger Williams University

Annette Bourne 

Annette is the Research & Policy Director for HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI).


Jennifer Perkins  

Jennifer Perkins is the former Assistant Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities.

Person The Skilman Foundation

Tonya Allen 

Mrs. Tonya Allen is President and CEO of the Skillman Foundation, a private, independent foundation whose mission is to improve lives of children in Southeast Michigan. Mrs. Allen’s work consists of managing and aligning the complexities of educatio…

Person Kinvolved

Alex Meis 

Alex Meis is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Kinvolved. The Kinvolved App, which Alex helped create, improves student attendance by facilitating real-time communication of data among schools, families, and youth programs serving the most…

Person Beyond Green

Matt Dearlove 

Matt is an architect. But as well as designing great places to live and work he's skilled at engaging people in the process of designing, curating, regenerating and running places.

Person Seattle & King County

Kirsten Wysen 

Kirsten Wysen is a Project Manager, Public Health--Seattle & King County in the Director’s Office. She also is the Initiative Director of The Integration Initiative site in Seattle.

Person Living Cities

Marlon Williams 

Marlon worked on the Integration Initiative and other special projects that create more equitable and inclusive cities. He worked to implement, test and spread strategies that create collaborations across sectors in service of greater collective imp…

Person Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ryan Rippel 

Ryan D. Rippel, director of Mobility from Poverty in the United States Program, oversees the foundation’s national work to strengthen pathways out of poverty and ensure all have access to the American Dream.