Person Living Cities

Matt Baer 

Matt Baer formerly led and supported major initiatives in Living Cities’ Public Sector Innovation portfolio, focused on helping local governments transform the way they operate and collaborate in order to improve the lives of low-income residents.

Person Green For All

Jeremy Hays 

Jeremy Hays is Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives at Green For All. His work focuses on the implementation and replication of green economic and workforce development initiatives at both local and national levels.

Person Rise Community Development (Rise)

John Cruz, MUP 

John Cruz is the Data Management Coordinator for Rise Community Development in St. Louis.

Person New York University College of Nursing

Heather Waters 


Astor Carlberg 

Astor was a Living Cities’ Collective Impact cluster summer intern in 2014. He conducted research on the Collective Impact movement and analyzed the trends in relation to the social sector at large, in order to facilitate shared learning and meaning…

Person Living Cities

Tarek Deida 

Person University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy

Raphael Bostic 

Dr. Raphael Bostic, the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. His work spans many fields including homeownership, housing finance, neighborho…

Person Strive

Katy Silliman 

Katy Silliman is the Director of Strategic Assistance at Strive, a national initiative working to build the cradle to career civic infrastructure in communities to identify, sustain and scale what works.

Person Living Cities

Esther Sullivan 

Esther Mensah-Sullivan joined Living Cities in September 2016 with over 10 years of experience in accounting and finance.

Person Venture Capital Investor

Monique Woodard 

Monique is an early stage investor at the intersection of technology and emerging demographics.

Person Atlantic Media Strategies

Laura Sanchez 

Laura Sanchez is Associate Director of Strategy and Research at Atlantic Media Strategies. She was formerly the Senior Associate for Strategic Communications & Engagement at Living Cities, where she helped lead the development and implementation of …

Person Living Cities

Demetric Duckett 

Demetric works to blend public, private and philanthropic financial resources in new ways to better meet the needs of cities and their low-income residents.

Person New Orleans Business Alliance

Ashleigh Gardere 

Ashleigh Gardere serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), responsible for implementation of a new business model for economic development.

Person Enterprise Community Partners

Devin Culbertson 

At Enterprise Community Partners, Devin Culbertson is focused on supporting individual projects and developing financing and policy solutions to ensure affordable housing and community facilities are built and preserved near transit.

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 Executive Director Gig.U

Blair Levin 

Blair Levin is Executive Director of Gig.U. He became Communications & Society Fellow with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program on May 10, 2010, following his departure from the Federal Communications Commission, where he served as…

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 Nexus Community Partners

Theresa Gardella 

Theresa serves as Director of Strategic Development for Nexus Community Partners, a community building intermediary that works at the intersection of community building and community development, engaging communities of color to achieve equitable, s…

Person Communities Count

Louise Carter 

Working out of Public Health – Seattle & King County, Louise Carter leads data and communications for Communities Count.

Person Self-Help/Center for Responsible Lending

Martin Eakes 

Martin Eakes is the co-founder and CEO of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending. Since 1998, Self-Help’s Community Advantage Program has helped more than 50,000 lower-income families, especially those of color, to become homeowners in 48 …