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 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 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 PolicyLink

Angela Glover Blackwell 

Angela Glover Blackwell is the founder and CEO of PolicyLink, and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Angela’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improv…

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 Ford Foundation

Xavier De Souza Briggs 

Xavier (“Xav”) de Souza Briggs is vice president of the foundation’s Inclusive Economies and Markets program.

Person The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Patrick McCarthy 

Patrick McCarthy is the President/CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. Prior to his becoming President/CEO, McCarthy was the Foundatio…

Person Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Jill Nishi 

Jill Nishi serves as Director, Office of the President and Chief of Staff at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, overseeing Special Initiative grant making and managing the overall operations for our United States Program.

Person Low Income Investment Fund

Nancy Andrews 

Nancy O. Andrews is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF).

Person The Brookings Institution

Amy Liu 

Amy Liu is vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating re…

Person Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey 

Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey–still a practicing physician–is President & CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previously, she served as the foundation’s vice president and director of its Health Care Group. She was the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicin…

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 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 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 National Housing Trust

Michael Bodaken 

Michael Bodaken serves both as President of the National Housing Trust and of the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund, NHTCDF.

Person Brookings Institution

William Frey 

William H. Frey is a senior fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. He is also a research professor in population studies at the University of Michigan.

Person Surdna Foundation

Phillip Henderson 

Phillip Henderson is president of the Surdna Foundation, a New York City-based family foundation focused on fostering sustainable communities in the United States. The Surdna Foundation, founded in 1917, operates programs in sustainable environment,…

Person The Prudential Foundation

Lata Reddy 

Lata N. Reddy is Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Impact at Prudential Financial and Chair and President of The Prudential Foundation.

Person Strive Together

Jeff Edmondson 

Jeff Edmondson is managing director of StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. He was previously executive director of The Strive Partnership.

Person Next Street

Tim Ferguson 

Tim is the Founder and Chairman of Next Street.  Next Street is a certified B Corporation with offices in Boston, New York City, and Chicago. 

Person JumpStart Inc.

Ray Leach 

Ray Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit venture development organization that has gained a national best-in-class reputation for its innovative economic development models.

Person The McKnight Foundation

Lee Sheehy 

Lee Sheehy is director of the Region & Communities program at The McKnight Foundation.

Person MACDC

Joe Kriesberg 

Joe Kriesberg is the President and CEO of MACDC. He has launched several innovative new programs at MACDC, including the Mel King Institute for Community Building and the GOALs Initiative.

Person Corporation for Enterprise Development

Andrea Levere 

Andrea Levere has led the Corporation for Enterprise Development as its president since 2004. In 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. Levere to the National Cooperative Bank’s Board of Directors.

Person Wells Fargo

Michael Rizer 

Executive Vice President, Michael (Mike) Rizer is the director of Community Relations and CRA Risk Management for Wells Fargo & Company. In this role he manages the community development and community affairs teams company-wide that are responsible …

Person Bank of America

Andrew Plepler 

Prior to joining Bank of America, Mr. Plepler served as senior vice president of Housing and Community Initiatives at the Fannie Mae Foundation, in addition to supervising that foundation’s Outreach and Education department.

Person Enterprise Inc.

Terri Ludwig 

Terri Ludwig is president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national nonprofit that creates affordable homes and strengthens communities across the United States.

Person UNCF

Dr. Michael Lomax 

Since 2004, Dr. Michael L. Lomax has been president and CEO of UNCF, the nation's largest private provider of scholarships and educational support to African Americans.

Person The State University of New York

Nancy Zimpher 

Nancy L. Zimpher is the 12th chancellor of The State University of New York, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the nation.

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 Impact America Fund

Kesha Cash 

Dubbed a “Top Five Gamechanger” by Forbes and a “Power Investor” by Essence, Kesha Cash founded Impact America Fund to harness market opportunities overlooked by traditional investors.

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 Living Cities

Nadia Owusu 

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

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.

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…