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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.
Congressional Research Service
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…
Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors LLC
Alexandra Paxton is a Principal with Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors LLC.
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.
Nadia leads Living Cities' racial equity and inclusion, knowledge management, and research portfolios.
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.
Vice President, Economic Opportunity
Jeff Edmondson is managing director of StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. He was previously executive director of The Strive Partnership.
José Garcia is currently a Program Officer in the Surdna Foundation’s Strong Local Economies program and has a background in policy and advocacy, working with Dēmos and other national organizations on issues including economic opportunity and wealth…
Center for Employment Services
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…
Fund Good Jobs
Sean Daniel Murphy is President & Managing Director at Fund Good Jobs.
Alyson Wise is a professional with eight years of experience working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. She serves as a Program Associate at the Rockefeller Foundation, advancing the organization’s work to expand economic opportunities and c…
Betsy Edasery is a former intern with the Collaborative Change team at Living Cities. Associate Consultant Betsy Edasery has extensive experience working for a range of organizations in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and has a Masters in Ur…
Presidio Institute at Presidio Trust
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.
The Saint Paul Foundation
Mary Kay Bailey is the project director for the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and the Partnership for Regional Opportunity/Corridors of Opportunity initiative at the Saint Paul Foundation.
Leslie Lynn Smith is President and CEO of TechTown Detroit. Smith joined TechTown in 2010 to be on the ground floor of economic development in Detroit. Under her leadership, TechTown launched Venture Accelerator, a boot camp-style program for entrep…
Annie E. Casey Foundation
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…
Fund for Our Economic Future
Emily Garr Pacetti is Director of Research & Evaluation for Fund for Our Economic Future._
City of Albuquerque Transit Department
Brian is a Consultant at the City of Albuquerque Department of Transit. He was previously the Director of Living Cities' Integration Initiative.
MainStreet Inclusion Advisors
Darrin Redus leads the work of MainStreet Inclusion Advisors. He is a veteran of the financial services and economic development industries.
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.
The Boston Foundation
Paul S. Grogan serves as President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. Paul joined the Foundation from Harvard University where he was Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs.
David Lubell is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since October of 2009.
Elizabeth "Lyzz" Ogunwo, a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, has an extensive background in community organizing, cross-sector collaboration, and organizational development..
The State University of New York
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.
Carly Rospert is the Associate Director of Knowledge & Tool Development for StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. Rospert manages lessons and knowledge learned from the many communities doing this work and codifies this information into re…
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.
At Living Cities, Tynesia worked with cities across the country to ensure that investment led to measurable impact.
Jeff leads Living Cities’ learning, performance management and communications efforts to ensure that the organization is achieving its results to close racial income and wealth gaps.
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.
JaNay Queen Nazaire is a facilitator, collaborator, and bridge-builder with a fierce belief that every person has the right to a healthy, abundant, and connected life.
Third Sector Capital Partners
Celeste leads Third Sector’s Social Innovation Fund projects, coordinating and providing technical assistance across all SIF sub-grantees.
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.
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.
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…
Kaci Roach is a Senior Manager, Knowledge for StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. In her role, Kaci organizes knowledge gained from working with Cradle to Career Partnerships around the country to build resources and interactive tools fo…
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