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.

Explore Our History

Our Mission Living Cities harnesses the collective power of philanthropy, financial institutions and local governments to close racial income and wealth gaps in American cities.
Our Vision 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. Align with our values
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.
Racial Equity and Inclusion
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.
Jeff Raderstrong Assistant Director, Living Cities
Joshua Robinson Senior Associate, Living Cities
Christelle Prophete Senior Associate, Living Cities
LaKeeshia Fox Associate Director of Strategy, Living Cities
Julienne Kaleta Associate, Living Cities
Esther Mensah-Sullivan Controller, Living Cities

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. Meet Our People
Latest Blog

Pulse Checking Progress Toward Operationalizing REI: Arts, Culture & Healing

In 2017, we released an internal learning report titled  “What Does it Take to Embed a Racial Equity & Inclusion Lens?” that captures themes from internal interviews, a field scan, and learnings from our grantmaking and investments in cities across…

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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. See our open positions