Person With/In Collaborative

Adene Sacks 

Adene Sacks is co-founder of the With/In Collaborative, and a philanthropic advisor and social-impact consultant who works alongside visionary leaders and communities to re-imagine and re-design communal systems.

Person digitalundivided

Kathryn Finney 

Named by Inc Magazine as one of the most influential women in tech, Kathryn Finney has made her mark as a tech entrepreneur, social media visionary, “women in” advocate, investor, writer, and television correspondent.

Person Brookings Institution

Bruce Katz 

Bruce Katz is a Vice President at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. He is also the co-author, along with Jennifer Bradley, of The Metropolitan Revolution, How Cities and Metros are Fixing O…

Person StrivePartnership

Nia Baucke 

Nia Baucke manages communications and community engagement for the StrivePartnership, ultimately sharing the message of supporting every child, every step of the way, from cradle to career throughout the partnership and in the broader community.

Person Living Cities

Eileen Neely 

Eileen Neely led Living Cities' Capital Innovation work. She managed the Catalyst Fund and was pivotal in Living Cities efforts to explore and test Pay For Success financing models.

Person Living Cities

Emmett Mercil 

As a 2017 summer intern, Emmett provided executive research and writing support.

Person Regional Growth Strategies

Pete Carlson 

Pete Carlson, is President, Regional Growth Strategies. Pete Carlson has thirty years of experience in consulting, research, and policy analysis. For the past eight years, his work has focused on helping regional leaders develop strategies and build…

Person Impact Assets

Jed Emerson 

Jed Emerson oversees ImpactAssets intellectual property development and field building efforts as an impact investment advisor, author and public speaker.


Natalie Proffit 

Natalie formerly worked closely with The Integration Initiative team and the members serving on the Integration Initiative committee and lenders group providing programmatic support. Before joining Living Cities, Natalie was a Project Manager with K…

Person MetLife Foundation

A. Dennis White 

Dennis is President and CEO of the MetLife Foundation. He is responsible for managing Foundation and corporate contributions, company volunteer activities and directing the social and community investment programs of MetLife and MetLife Foundation.

Person Living Cities

Katie Baskett 

Katie supported Living Cities’ corporate communications and public sector projects including City Accelerator and the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative.

Person The Lever Fund

Mark Swartz  

Mark Swartz is a Founder of the Lever Fund. He is a writer and communicator who helps nonprofit organizations tell their stories.

Person Living Cities

Francine Mbomatshielelobo 

Francine came to Living Cities with a little over 10 years of experiences working in the USA as well as internationally.

Person City of Minneapolis

Brian Smith 

Person Surdna Foundation

Don Chen 

Don Chen is the President of the Surdna Foundation where he leads the 100-year old foundation’s efforts to strengthen and further leverage its commitment to social justice.


Michael Ellison 

Michael Ellison is the CEO and founder of

Person The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Tawa Mitchell 

Tawa has responsibility for grantmaking in the Chicago Commitment program, a portfolio aimed at achieving a city that is connected and integrated, where prosperity is shared, opportunity is equitable, and civic and cultural assets are available to e…

Person Living Cities

Alexis Ching 

Alexis joined the team in 2020 to focus on benefits administration and processes as well as employee wellness and development. She works closely with the Operations and Finance & Accounting teams.

Person Living Cities

Joanna Carrasco 

Joanna supports Living Cities’ work related to racial equity and inclusion and corporate communications.

Person Rockefeller Foundation

Michael Myers 

Michael Myers performs a number of leadership roles at the Rockefeller Foundation, including coordinating strategies for the Foundation’s work in the United States and leading two key initiatives—the global Transforming Health Systems initiative and…