Person The Minneapolis Foundation

R.T. Rybak 

R.T. Rybak served as Mayor of Minneapolis from 2002-2013, and is currently President of the Minneapolis Foundation.

Person Governing Institute

Ron Littlefield 

Ron Littlefield, a former mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., is a senior fellow with the Governing Institute and its lead analyst on the City Accelerator initiative.

Person Harvard Kennedy School

Steve Goldsmith 

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Person Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Jessica Huey 

Jessica Huey is a MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Person Living Cities

Nadia Owusu 

Nadia leads Living Cities' racial equity and inclusion, knowledge management, and research portfolios.

Person Living Cities

Brittany Ramos DeBarros 

Brittany provides programmatic support to the external field building work of the Collective Impact team at Living Cities. She also supports the Working Cities Challenge.

Person Beyond Jobs

Wingham Rowan 

Wingham Rowan is Director of the “Beyond Jobs” project in London, UK.

Person Kresge Foundation

Robin Hacke 

Ms. Hacke formerly work at Living Cities as Director of Capital Innovation in September of 2007. At Living Cities, Ms. Hacke was responsible for developing initiatives to aggregate and deploy investment capital in low-income and under served urban c…

Person Living Cities

Kevin Paul 

Kevin Paul joined Living Cities in June 2015 as a Strategic Communications and Engagement Associate. He currently leads corporate communications and manages the organization's digital engagement strategies.

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Tiffany Ferguson 

Tiffany is a former Public Sector Innovation Associate at Living Cities.

Person Living Cities

Ben Hecht 

Ben Hecht is the President and CEO of Living Cities, a collaborative of 18 of the world’s leading foundations and financial institutions who work together to boldly fight poverty in America’s cities.

Person Living Cities

Ronda Jackson 

Ronda led the Project on Municipal Innovation, a network of 35+ Chiefs of Staff and Policy Directors Living Cities convenes with the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center.

Person Code for America

Christopher Whitaker 

Christopher Whitaker serves as the Brigade Program Manager for Code for America.

Person Living Cities

Owen Stone 

Owen focuses on innovation delivery systems and embedding improvements in the public sector by working with cities to identify emerging best practices and maximizing adoption. His career has centered on municipal government because he believes citie…

Person Living Cities

Steven Bosacker 

Steven Bosacker is the Principal of Public Sector and Partnerships at Living Cities. Steven served as the City Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis for six years alongside Mayor Rybak, where he championed accountability and transparency in servic…

Person Living Cities

Elizabeth Vargas 

Elizabeth Vargas managed Living Cities’ social media and web strategies. She brings an enthusiasm for integrating digital media and traditional communications to drive social change.

Person City Accelerator Cohort II

Eric Gordon 

Eric Gordon leads the City Accelerator's cohort on Local Government Engagement. He is an associate professor in the department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College where he is the founding director of the Engagement Lab.

Person Social Policy Research Associates

Laura Ravinder  

Laura Ravinder is a recent graduate student at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy where she is focusing on social policy and community development.

Person City Accelerator Cohort 3

Jen Mayer 

Jen Mayer leads the third cohort of City Accelerator, which focuses on infrastructure finance. Jen brings more than 25 years of experience advising federal, state, and local transportation and environmental agencies on infrastructure finance and pol…

Person Living Cities

Elizabeth Reynoso 

Elizabeth joined Living Cities in July 2015 as Assistant Director of Public Sector Innovation. She works on the development of public sector strategies to foster promising public practices and accelerate the uptake of innovation across the country. …

Person Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council

Yonah Freemark 

Yonah Freemark is a manager at the Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC). For more than 80 years, MPC has been partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area's toughest planning and development challenges. Yo…

Person Harvard Kennedy School

Matthew Tyler 

Matthew Tyler is an economist who commenced his career as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Australian strategy practice focused primarily on financial services. Matthew is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at Har…

Person The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Colleen Dawicki 

Colleen Dawicki, a former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow and a current fellow with MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, joined the Boston Fed and the Working Cities Challenge team in 2015.

Person Los Angeles Innovation Team

Amanda Daflos 

Amanda Daflos serves as the Director of the Innovation Team (i-team) in the Mayor's Office of Budget and Innovation in the City of Los Angeles.

Person Long Beach Innovation Team

John Keisler 

John Keisler is the Director of the Long Beach Innovation Team and has lived in Long Beach for the past 12 years.

Person Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Prabal Chakrabarti 

Prabal Chakrabarti is Vice President, Community Development, Regional and Community Outreach, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He has published and presented research on community development topics such as affordable housing, venture capital …

Person City of Syracuse

Sam Edelstein 

Sam Edelstein serves as the Analytics Coordinator for the City of Syracuse Office of Innovation.

Person UC Berkeley

Juan Sebastian Arias 

Juan Sebastian is a Graduate Student Researcher at Government Alliance on Race and Equity. He formerly led the field building and knowledge work for Collective Impact and supports meaning making across the portfolio.

Person Living Cities

Santiago Carrillo 

Santiago is a Colombian urban planner fascinated by how government insights can be transformed into meaningful and implementable change for vulnerable urban populations.

Person The Brookings Institution

Alan Berube 

Alan Berube is a senior fellow and deputy director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. A former policy advisor to the U.S. Treasury Department, he is an expert on metropolitan demographics, low-wage workers, and urban poverty.

Person Living Cities

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.

Person The Intersector Project

Neil Britto 

Neil Britto is Executive Director of The Intersector Project, which seeks to empower practitioners in the business, government and non-profit sectors to collaborate to solve problems that cannot be solved by one sector alone.

Person Harvard Business School

Needham Hurst 

Needham Hurst is a joint MPP/MBA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.

Person Office of the Mayor, Albuquerque, NM

Frank Mirabal 

Dr. Frank Mirabal works with the Mayors Office to bring together cross-sector partners to creatively address the complex challenges the city of Albuquerque faces.

Person Esri

Jack Dangermond 

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that a mapping and analysis framework could provide a deeper understanding of our world and help us design a better future.

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.

Person Living Cities

Matt Baer 

Matt Baer leads and supports 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 Living Cities

Sindhu Lakshmanan  

Sindhu Lakshmanan focuses primarily on Pay for Success. She also supports the management of Living Cities' Catalyst and Blended Catalyst Funds.

Person Center For American Progress

Tracey Ross 

Tracey Ross is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Poverty and Prosperity Program at American Progress. In this role, she focuses on place-based responses to fighting poverty. Prior to joining American Progress, she was a program associate at Living Ci…

Person Congressional Research Service

Arthur Burris 

Arthur formerly led the Public Sector Innovation work at Living Cities, which includes the City Accelerator and the Project on Municipal Innovation. He is a frequent public speaker on budget and policy topics. He is now leads a team of researchers a…

Person Living Cities

Jeff Raderstrong 

Jeff supports Living Cities’ learning process to capture and share what works to get dramatically better results for low-income people, faster.

Person National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership

Kathryn Pettit 

Person Mobile, Alabama i-team

Jeff Carter 

Jeff Carter is the Innovation Team Director for the City of Mobile. Prior to joining the i-team, Jeff served as Deputy Director for Mobile County EMS, overseeing an operation that covers more than 1000 square miles and implementing data-driven and …

Person Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Kseniya Benderskaya 

Person Tel Aviv i-team

Sarah Auslander 

Sarah Auslander is the Design Expert on the Tel Aviv i-team, specializing in using design thinking methodologies for social innovation.

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 Equal Measure

Robert Roach 

Robert’s background is in survey research, data analysis, and program evaluation. He has research and evaluation experience in a number of areas, including early childhood education, community health, and capacity building.

Person Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

John Moon 

ohn Moon is District Manager, Community Development, at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 2012 and directs the strategic activities of the field team. He has extensive community development experience in the public and private sectors inc…

Person Louisville Metro Government

Ed Blayney 

Ed Blayney is an Innovation Project Manager in the Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation for Louisville Metro Government (KY).

Person Natural Resources Defense Council

Bill Sadler 

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 Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)

Madeline Janis 

Madeline Janis is co-founder and national policy director of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). Under her stewardship as executive director from 1993 to 2012, LAANE became an influential leader in the effort to build a new economy b…

Person Syracuse, NY i-team

Andrew Maxwell 

Andrew Maxwell currently serves as Director of Policy under Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, and the Director of Innovation for the Syracuse i-team.

Person Living Cities

Norris Williams 

Norris provides knowledge, operations, and strategic support for Living Cities projects that test equitable policies in local government systems and generate wealth using impact investing funds, directly affecting low-income people of color.

Person City of Albuquerque Transit Department

Brian Reilly 

Brian is a Consultant at the City of Albuquerque Department of Transit. He was previously the Director of Living Cities' Integration Initiative.

Person Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Anne Price  

Anne Price, President of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, has spent over 20 years working in the public sector on issues including child welfare, hunger, welfare reform, workforce development, community development, and higher …

Person

Carmen Rojas 

Person

Michael Bloomberg 

Michael Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served three terms as Mayor of the City of New York.

Person Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Tamir Novotny 

Tamir has developed, project-managed and supported programs that have influenced practitioners and policymakers in fields including civic technology, local governance, housing and community development, regional planning and economic development, wi…

Person New America Foundation

Alissa Black 

Alissa Black directs the New America Foundation's California Civic Innovation Project, which aims to diffuse innovation in local governments through researching and recommending organizational and emerging practices that enable the creation and adop…

Person Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University

David Wood 

David Wood is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and the Director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Current projects range from work with pension fund trustees on responsible inves…

Person Union Square Ventures

Nick Grossman 

Nick Grossman is a technologist and entrepreneur working at the intersection of the web and urban, social and civic systems. He was a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab (in the Center for Civic Media) and "Activist in Residence" at Union Square V…

Person City of Denver

David Edinger 

David Edinger is the Chief Performance Officer for the City of Denver.

Person

Leanne Krueger-Braneky 

Person Bloomberg Philanthropies

James Anderson 

James Anderson leads the government innovation portfolio at Bloomberg Philanthropies. This includes the Mayors Project, a multi-tiered effort to spread effective strategies between cities.

Person Boston Office of New Urban Mechanics

Chris Osgood 

Person Tumml

Clara Brenner 

Clara Brenner is a co-founder of Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator with the mission of empowering entrepreneurs to solve urban problems. Clara is responsible for Tumml’s partnership development, marketing, and fundraising and has a background in …

Person Connecting Capital

Andrea McGrath 

Andrea E McGrath is an independent consultant, researcher and partner in Connecting Capital.

Person

Will Cook 

Person Walk Denver

Jill Locantore 

As the Policy and Program Director, Jill Locantore supports WalkDenver’s mission through education, research, and advocacy for policies and practices that lead to a more walkable Denver. Jill brings more than 10 years of experience in community pla…

Person Data-Smart City Solutions

Sean Thornton 

Sean Thornton is a Research Fellow for Data-Smart City Solutions. Based in Chicago, Sean serves as a researcher, archivist, and documentarian of the Chicago Department of Innovations and Technology’s efforts to build a smarter, more efficient city g…

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 DonorsChoose.org

Missy Sherburne 

Missy Sherburne is the Chief Partnerships Officer at DonorsChoose.Org. Previously, she served as the founding Executive Director of DonorsChoose.org North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior to joining DonorsChoose.org, she was the North Carolina Exe…

Person Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.

John Grossman 

John Grossman is Partner and General Counsel at Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. a nonprofit advisory firm that works with government, service providers, and funders to develop and launch Pay for Success projects.

Person Harvard Ash Center

Jessica Casey 

Jessica is the Associate Director for the Urban Policy Advisory Group. She recently served as the director of policy development and implementation for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, where she led research an…

Person Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group

Matthew McClellan 

Matthew McClellan works as a research assistant and writer for the Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group. Prior to joining the Ash Center, he worked for Harvard Public Affairs & Communications as part of the communications team. He holds a …

Person Oregon State

Tobias Read 

Person MZ Strategies, LLC

Mariia V. Zimmerman 

Mariia is Founder and Principal at MZ Strategies, LLC. Mariia served as Deputy Director for HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities from 2010-2012.

Person Center for Employment Services

Sam Schaeffer 

Sam Schaeffer is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Employment Services (CEO), a non-profit headquartered in New York City that provides employment services to men and women returning from incarceration. Sam joined CEO 5 years ago to help…

Person California Endowment

Amy Chung 

Amy managed the Catalyst Fund, Living Cities' impact investing fund and leads the Living Cities Connect work, a cross-disciplinary effort focused on increasing the number of low-income individuals connected to opportunity. She now currently works wi…

Person Urban Institute

Margery Turner 

argery Austin Turner is is Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management at the Urban Institute, where she leads efforts to frame and conduct a forward-looking agenda of policy research.

Person Center for Community Progress

Tamar Shapiro 

Tamar Shapiro is the President and CEO for the Center for Community Progress.

Person Annie E. Casey Foundation

Charles Rutheiser 

Charles Rutheiser is a Senior Associate in Center for Community and Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland. He manages the Center’s grant portfolios relating to Anchor Institutions and Knowledge Development, and…

Person Harvard Kennedy School

Lyell Sakaue 

Lyell Sakaue is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Current research interests include the equity impacts of information technology, public-private partnerships and innovations in governance. Before graduate studies, L…

Person

Sara Draper-Zivetz 

Sara was a former Program Assistant for Public Sector Innovation cluster at Living Cities. She is currently a student at UC Berkeley where she is pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning degree.

Person Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School

Charles Chieppo 

Charles Chieppo is a research fellow at the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School and the principal of Chieppo Strategies, a public policy writing and advocacy firm.

Person Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

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.

Person

Susan Crawford 

Susan Crawford is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and a co-director of the Berkman Center. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Ag…

Person Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Maura Fitzgerald 

Maura Fitzgerald is an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Person Welcoming America

David Lubell 

David Lubell is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since October of 2009.

Person Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Denise Linn 

Denise Linn is a MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her professional experience thus far has revolved around closing the digital divide and implementing local Internet access projects.

Person Danish Design Centre (DDC)

Christian Bason 

Christian Bason is CEO at Danish Design Centre (DDC), where he works to develop and promote Danish design as an important contribution for the progression of the Danish business community.

Person Code For America

Catherine Bracy 

Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing, oversees Code for America's community network-building initiatives, including their citizen volunteer program (the Brigade) and the international partnership program (Code for All).

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 The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard Kennedy School

Benjamin Shaffer  

Benjamin Shaffer is a joint degree candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is pursuing an MPA in Social and Urban Policy and an MBA in Real Estate, respectively.

Person The Harvard Kennedy School

Tim McNaught 

Tim McNaught is an MPA/ID candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to attending the Kennedy School, Tim served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan.

Person Living Cities

Joseph Sutkowi 

Joseph is an intern at Living Cities with the Evidence Building team. He supports the organization's efforts to capture learning and experience from partner cities and organizations across the country on job creation and other critical focus areas.…

Person The Kresge Foundation

Rip Rapson 

Rip Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, which contributed $100 million to Detroit’s “Grand Bargain.” He is also Chairman of the Living Cities board.

Person Vera Institute

Nick Turner 

Nicholas Turner joined the Vera Institute of Justice as its fifth president in 2013. Under his leadership, Vera has identified core priorities of ending the misuse of jails, transforming conditions of confinement, and ensuring that justice systems m…

Person National Democratic Institute

Sarah Welsh 

Sarah Welsh is a Program Officer for the Governance team at the National Democratic Institute, where she supports global programs dealing with urban governance, civic innovation and distance engagement. Before joining NDI, she worked as an open-gove…

Person Citi Foundation

Brandee McHale 

Brandee joined Citi in 1991 and has a long history in both business management and philanthropy. Before joining the Citi Foundation, she served as the Director of Operations for Citi Community Capital. Earlier assignments included a series of increa…

Person NYC Mayor's Office of Contract Services

Trip Carpenter 

Person Equal Measure

Wendy Sedlak 

Wendy’s background is in applied research and program evaluation, with a particular focus on social policy research and evaluation in the areas of social mobility, community health, housing, education, and workforce development. Her expertise includ…

Person Seattle & King County

Patty Hayes 

Patty Hayes has over 25 years of experience in public health, policy development and advocacy. She currently serves as the appointed Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County

Person Citi Foundation

Kristen Scheyder 

Kristen Scheyder leads the Citi Foundation's U.S. Financial Inclusion and Urban Transformation portfolios.

Person Community Science

Kien Lee 

Kien Lee, Principal Associate & Vice President of Community Science, leads Community Science’s practice in the areas of cultural competency, inclusion, and equity as they pertain to contemporary issues such as health and behavioral health disparitie…

Person

Greta Byrum 

Greta Byrum (gretabyrum.com) 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 Brophy & Reilly LLC

Mary Reilly 

Mary Reilly is a Principal at Brophy & Reilly LLC. Beginning her career in Pittsburgh, Reilly held various positions in the city’s Department of Housing, beginning as a Housing Planner and later as a Housing Development Specialist, Division Supervis…

Person City of Denver

Scotty Martin 

Scotty Martin is the Manager of Process Improvement for the City of Denver.

Person Urban Innovation Fund

Julie Lein 

Julie Lein has a background in polling and political consulting. She has co-founded venture capital firm, The Urban Innovation Fund, and urban ventures accelerator, Tumml.

Person Harvard Kennedy School

Gigi Georges 

Gigi Georges and Program Director for Innovation Strategies at the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Person Meeting of the Minds

Jessie Feller Hahn 

Jessie Feller is the Managing Director of Meeting of the Minds. She is an experienced urban planner, specializing in urban-regional policy with a particular focus on sustainability and clean energy. Previously, Jessie launched the successful Regiona…

Person

Rohan Mascarenhas 

"Rohan Mascarenhas is an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to attending HKS, Rohan managed the digital strategy of the Russell Sage Foundation in New York. His current research interests include civic data, economic de…

Person Welcoming America

Rachel Peric  

Rachel Peric works to ensure the success of Welcoming America's programs and operations, and to engage individuals and organizations around the country who share Welcoming America’s passion for building understanding and positive interactions betwee…

Person Local and Regional Government Alliance On Race & Equity

Julie Nelson 

Julie Nelson is Senior Vice-President at the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) and the Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). Julie is also a Senior Fellow with the Haas Institute for and Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS) at…

Person Urban Institute

Sarah Rosen Wartell  

Sarah Rosen Wartell is the third President of the Urban Institute. A public policy executive and housing markets expert, Sarah was formerly deputy assistant to the president for Economic Policy and deputy director of the National Economic Council.

Person Vera Institute of Justice

Scarlet Neath 

Scarlet is a senior communications associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, where she handles media inquiries to the institute, drafts press releases, edits op-eds and other material, and oversees Vera's social media presence.