In addition to our core portfolio of work, we work to be a platform for our member institutions to come together to be responsive to a rapidly changing environment–From Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, to finding promising approaches to address the realities of the foreclosure crisis in 2007. And, an ambitious research and development agenda has created space for Living Cities staff and staff of our twenty two member institutions to collaboratively explore issues such as the green economy and celebrity engagement in social change efforts.
Living Cities, in partnership with David “The Admiral” Robinson, launched the Admiral Center in 2009 for the express purpose of maximizing the engagement of celebrities in systems change on behalf of low income people. Like most Living Cities initiatives, the Admiral Center was designed to help its members test innovative solutions by bringing together unusual actors in transformational ways. Financial support for the work was generously provided by The John and James L. Knight Foundation, Living Cities, Citi Foundation, Chase, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and celebrity membership fees.