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

Sindhu Lakshmanan  

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

Person Living Cities

Nadia Owusu 

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

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 Living Cities

Lauren Greenawalt 

Lauren Greenawalt joined Living Cities in June 2015 as an intern on the Collective Impact team. She currently attends Harvard College where she studies Sociology with a secondary field in Government.

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Kathryn Finney 

Named by Inc Magazine as one of the most influential women in tech, Kathryn Finney has made her mark as a tech entrepreneur, social media visionary, “women in” advocate, investor, writer, and television correspondent.

Person Living Cities

Owen Stone 

Owen focused 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

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 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 Living Cities

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson 

At Living Cities, Tynesia worked with cities across the country to ensure that investment led to measurable impact.

Person DataHaven

Thomas Zembowicz 

Thomas Zembowicz is an Dwight Hall Urban Fellow based at DataHaven.

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 Pooling Our Resources to Foster Black Progress

Michael Isimbabi 

Dr. Michael Isimbabi is a Washington, D.C.-based finance and energy industry professional and consultant. A former finance professor, banker and engineer, he is co-author of the investments book, Contemporary Portfolio Theory and Risk Management (We…

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Carmen Rojas 

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 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 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 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 Living Cities

JaNay Queen Nazaire 

Dr. JaNay Queen Nazaire is a leader, collaborator, and bridge-builder with a fierce belief in the right of all people to live their best possible life.

Person Living Cities

Elodie Baquerot 

As Chief Operating Officer, Elodie leads organization-wide operations and strategic planning efforts to make Living Cities' strategic vision as a racial economic justice organization a reality.

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 Living Cities

Hafizah Omar 

Hafizah joined Living Cities in July 2016 after three and a half years supporting the Director of D5 Coalition, a 5-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy.

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 Living Cities

Brinda Ganguly 

Brinda Ganguly joined Living Cities as the Managing Director of the Catalyst Family of Funds in 2017.

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 Living Cities

Thomas Houston 

Thomas believes that poverty is not meant to be permanent. His efforts at Living Cities focus on communicating what’s needed to close racial disparity gaps.

Person TechTown Detroit

Leslie Lynn Smith 

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…

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 Living Cities

Shanee Helfer 

In her role, as part of the Collective Impact Cluster, Shanee is helping cities implement community change in an inclusive and sustainable way, utilizing the Collective Impact Approach at the core of their vision and work.

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Sherrie Deans 

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 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 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 The Saint Paul Foundation

Mary Kay Bailey 

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.

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Evelyn Burnett 

Person Peace Corps

Elizabeth Ogunwo 

Elizabeth "Lyzz" Ogunwo, a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, has an extensive background in community organizing, cross-sector collaboration, and organizational development..

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

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 Harris School of Public Policy, The University of Chicago

Zainab Imam 

Zainab is a Masters in Public Policy student at The University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and a former Living Cities Knowledge and Impact intern. She tweets at @zainabimam and blogs at gulaabjamun.wordpress.com.

Person MainStreet Inclusion Advisors

Darrin Redus 

Darrin Redus leads the work of MainStreet Inclusion Advisors. He is a veteran of the financial services and economic development industries.

Person Everyday Democracy

Carrie Boron 

Carrie captures the history of the organization, from researching and writing about Everyday Democracy's history and that of communities with which they work, to preserving historical documents.

Person Thriving Together, Valley of the Sun United Way

Richard Crews 

Richard Crews serves as the Community Impact Manager of Thriving Together for Valley of the Sun United Way, a birth to career initiative to ensure that all children, youth and young adults in Phoenix realize their full potential in school, career an…

Person Welcoming America

David Lubell 

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

Person PolicyLink

Sarah Treuhaft 

Sarah Treuhaft is the Director of Equitable Growth Initiatives at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity.

Person Urban Strategies Council

Junious Williams 

Junious Williams is Chief Executive Officer of Urban Strategies Council, a community building support and advocacy organization in Oakland. He joined the Council in 1992 and was appointed CEO in 1998.

Person Asia Society

Juan Machado 

Juan Machado is the Senior Media Officer at the Asia Society in New York, where he is responsible for media relations for global initiatives and the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Person Living Cities

Joanna Carrasco 

Joanna supports Living Cities’ work related to racial equity and inclusion and corporate communications.

Person GARE

Nora Liu 

Nora Liu is the project manager for Racial Equity Here, a joint project of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and Living Cities, to support local governments leading the way to create a future for racial equity and economic growth fo…

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 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 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 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 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 Living Cities

Alyssa Smaldino 

Alyssa Smaldino is Senior Associate at Living Cities, where she manages projects that advance inclusive economic growth and racial equity in service of closing racial wealth gaps in US cities.

Person New York Peace Institute

Anastasia Tomkin 

Anastasia Tomkin is a community case manager and mediator at the New York Peace Institute, one of the leading alternative dispute resolution centers in the city . She holds a BA in French and Spanish from the University of the West Indies.

Person Living Cities

Lethy Liriano 

In her role as Organizational Development Associate, Lethy employs her passion and experience to provide support to multiple teams at Living Cities.

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 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 Living Cities

Ratna Gill 

As a former Coordinator for Collective Impact, Ratna provided support to The Integration Initiative, helping to capture and share knowledge with both the organization and the field.

Person Living Cities

Crystal Li 

Crystal joined Living Cities as a Summer Intern, and became an Associate in October 2016.

Person Living Cities

Brian R. Nagendra 

Brian supports the Capital Innovation team on portfolio management and due diligence work for Living Cities impact investments.

Person Living Cities

Megan McGlinchey 

Megan came to Living Cities in June 2016 and provides support to the communications team, helping to capture and spread knowledge from both the organization and the field.

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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 StriveTogether

Carly Rospert 

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…

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 Strategies Council

Sarah Marxer  

Sarah Marxer focuses on collective impact, educational equity and the Urban Strategies Council’s Boys and Men of Color initiatives. She analyzes data, designs and conducts research projects, and communicates findings to partners and stakeholders.

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.