ABQ Leader Reimagines Government’s Role in Equity

From local government officials to philanthropic stakeholders to Living Cities staff, this story is one in a series that demonstrates the impact Living Cities has across the U.S. — connecting individuals and highlighting successful initiatives. Michelle Melendez Inaugural Director of…

March 9, 2021

CHECKING IN WITH OUR HUMANITY V2

CHECKING IN WITH OUR HUMANITY V2 OVERVIEW Embedding racial equity into an organizational culture requires intentional work everyday. On a personal level, it can require a lifetime of studying, learning, and unlearning. There are many ways to incorporate thoughtful reflection…

March 1, 2021

Dr. King’s Dream Keepers

History is continuously being made, debated and repeating itself. Thankfully, one thing America does well is creating new leaders of every generation who help us reimagine an equitable society. To honor Dr. King and keep his dream alive on this MLK Day, there are a few people I want to highlight who are following in his legacy as change agents.

January 15, 2021

Staff Reflections on the Attack on the Capitol

This attack on our democracy was an important historical moment, but it was also a deeply personal one. I am sure that you, like me, have been engrossed in the news about the events of last Wednesday and the tragedy…

January 13, 2021

Practicing Radical Reimagination

“It is important to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world.“ – Angela Davis Practices steeped in hope, dreaming and reimagination have, for generations, continued to and will continue to push the American political landscape until…

January 6, 2021

How Nonprofits Can Close the Racial Wealth Divide in America

Sevetri Wilson, one of the founders featured as part of the #WealthInColor campaign, provides an overview of the role of nonprofit organizations in addressing racial disparities and shares a reflection on the findings from the Radical Collaboration for Black Wealth…

December 15, 2020

Centering Equity, Transforming Systems: A Profile on Maia Jachimowicz

As part of our series highlighting alumni of Living Cities’ cohorts, we spoke with Maia Jachimowicz, who currently serves as the VP for Evidence-Based Policy Implementation at Results for America. Maia worked with Living Cities when she was the Policy…

October 29, 2020

How to Infuse Learning Throughout Your Organization

In the penultimate post of our Learning, Storytelling and Results series, Senior Associate and Content Strategy Lead Shannon Jordy describes how Living Cities has built and sustained a robust learning and communications practice through our learning liaisons – a unique…

October 21, 2020

Leveraging Entrepreneurship to Close Racial Wealth Gaps

The latest jobs report shows that our national recovery from the COVID pandemic and its economic impact will be slow and painful for millions of Americans, particularly those who did not have the luxury of wealth before the pandemic. It…

October 20, 2020

#WealthInColor: Accessing Albuquerque’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In the latest #WealthInColor infographic, Living Cities and its local partners offer a visual representation of what exists for entrepreneurs in Albuquerque and what doesn’t, so that ecosystem builders can consider the solutions and connections that can be developed or…

October 15, 2020

Reimagining Our Realities through Storytelling

Racial equity work calls us to imagine new possibilities and different realities from our own because what we need and require does not yet exist – we need to create it, together. It calls us to disrupt mainstream narratives and…

October 7, 2020

Bringing Heart to Data: How to Measure the Unmeasurable

How can we connect team or project activities to larger organizational goals? And how can we be sure our actions are having a measurable effect on ourselves, our partners and the world? In this blog, we share aspects of our…

September 30, 2020

A Public Sector Guide to Talking About Race

If the echos and chanting for equity haven’t rang clear in the last seven years since the Black Lives Matter movement emerged in 2013, we are rest assured that they have now been heard across America. The recent protests emerging…

September 29, 2020

Centering Healing and Humanity

Two years ago, we began to prioritize healing justice in our racial equity journey. The desire for this work came from many things. Racism, specifically anti-Black racism, has created real, deep-seated structural harms that are manifested in our institutions, in…

September 23, 2020