Who We Are

Three decades of growth and transformation

Like any living organism, Living Cities has evolved over our three decades. But in every stage of our journey, we have remained committed to improving the lives of people in U.S. cities and accelerating practices that create dignified and abundant lives.


Living Cities harnesses the collective power of philanthropy, financial institutions and local governments to close racial income and wealth gaps in American cities.


All people in U.S. cities are economically secure, building wealth, and living abundant, dignified and connected lives.

We Are Values-Driven

Living Cities’ core values – those we believe are fundamental to the organization’s success in achieving its mission – are collaboration, innovation, leadership, impact, and racial equity and inclusion. These organizational values guide our everyday decisions about how, why and what we do.

As a partnership of foundations and financial institutions, collaboration is at the core of our work.

Changing broken systems and closing racial gaps requires disrupting the status quo and elevating and sustaining successful ideas from communities.

We continually ask difficult questions, engage in uncomfortable conversations, challenge obsolete assumptions, and support others to do the same in an effort to close racial gaps – in our institutions and across systems.

We are committed to the economic security of all people in U.S. cities by undoing racist systems that create disparities for people of color.

We rely on each other to hold the organization accountable to moving the needle on racial equity and inclusion by living the following cultural norms: work to understand history and the ongoing legacy of racism, interrogate our own biases, extend mutual acknowledgement and respect, challenge damaging power norms, be open to vulnerability and risk.

The People Behind Living Cities

Our people are our greatest strength and the bedrock of what we do. From our staff, to our board, to the hundreds of practitioners around the country who partner with us, the impact of Living Cities is made possible through the passion and commitment of our community. Get to know the people behind the work and connect with us.


Supporting and Growing Overlooked Entrepreneurs with Urban Innovation Fund

In 2012, Julie Lein and Clara Brenner started Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator with a mission to empower entrepreneurs to solve urban problems. Through their experience with Tumml, Julie and Clara saw how investors can overlook certain types of entrepreneurs, mostly women and people of color. Building on their experience, Lein and Brenner founded Urban Innovation Fund (UIF) as first-time

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Want to join the team?

Our employees are the lifeblood of our mission, and at Living Cities, we are committed to providing our staff with a warm, friendly and supportive team environment that starts with a shared respect for everyone. See where you fit in.

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