The City Accelerator, an initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation, works within and across cities to advance and promote the spread of promising innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of residents.
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.
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.
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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…
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.
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.
Nadia leads Living Cities' racial equity and inclusion, knowledge management, and research portfolios.
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.
City Accelerator Cohort II
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.
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Alyssa Campbell is a current graduate student in Urban Planning at the London School of Economics (LSE), with an interest in community development and immigration.
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.
Steven Bosacker was 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 servi…
City Accelerator Cohort 3
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…
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.
Louisville Metro Government
Ed Blayney is an Innovation Project Manager in the Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation for Louisville Metro Government (KY).
Office of the Mayor, Albuquerque, NM
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.
Elizabeth is Associate 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.
Joseph was an intern at Living Cities with the Evidence Building team. He supported the organization's efforts to capture learning and experience from partner cities and organizations across the country on job creation and other critical focus area…
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.
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…
NYC Mayor's Office of Contract Services
Kristen Scheyder leads the Citi Foundation's U.S. Financial Inclusion and Urban Transformation portfolios.
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…
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