Racial Equity is a Marathon: Honoring Past Labor and the Work to Come

Across the country, we are seeing elected officials and career-long public servants rise to the challenges of COVID19 while centering the needs of their most vulnerable communities. Its important to reflect on their response and acknowledge the hard work that…

May 20, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

The reality of COVID-19’s scope and impact is sinking in and in many ways is still unknown. At Living Cities, we are doing our best to hold the complexities that come with racial equity work, particularly in a time of…

May 18, 2020

An Inside Organizer: Brian Smith

At Living Cities, we’ve been interrogating what it means to organize for racial equity and how we and others can leverage that strategy to close racial wealth and income gaps. Lucky for us, we have a wealth of folks in…

May 12, 2020

Centering Equity, Transforming Systems: A Profile on Ashleigh Gardere

As part of our series highlighting alumni of Living Cities’ cohorts, we spoke with Ashleigh Gardere, who recently completed her service as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the New Orleans Business Alliance where she transformed the public-private…

May 7, 2020

Centering Equity, Transforming Systems: A Profile on Daro Mott

As part of our series highlighting alumni of Living Cities’ cohorts, we spoke with Daro Mott, who currently serves as the VP of Process Improvement and Execution at Farm Credit Mid-America. Daro worked with Living Cities when he was the…

April 30, 2020

#WealthInColor: Navigating the Bay Area’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In 2018, Living Cities, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Surdna Foundation embarked on Start Up, Stay Up, Scale Up [SU(3)], a three-city initiative designed to address gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystems of San Francisco, New Orleans and Albuquerque for high-growth…

April 30, 2020

Finding Myself Beyond White Institutional Culture

As a white woman, my anti-racist work is two-fold: supporting people of color, particularly Black organizers, who are working towards new, equitable systems, and doing the internal work required of white people to break down how we have internalized racial…

March 20, 2020

An Invitation to Center Race in Government Responses to COVID-19

We are asking how to best move the long-term work of closing racial gaps in income and wealth through partnership with city governments, while acknowledging and affirming the immediate crisis that public servants are addressing. We are committed to our…

March 18, 2020

Turning the Mirror Onto Ourselves

Part of what we’ve learned from looking at the evolution of work in our Integration Initiative cities is that everything ties back to racial equity. The root cause of so many of the inequities we see in cities around the…

March 10, 2020

Doing the Right Things Right

Living Cities’ new Theory of Change represents our unique position on how to close racial gaps across the country. My colleagues like to joke that no matter what we’re talking about or what meeting I’m in, I’m always asking: Are…

March 5, 2020

We Were There: Reckoning with Living Cities’ History on Race

Our new interactive movement history timeline lets you interact with Living Cities’ past, including major political milestones and cultural touch points in our history, and envision a future without racial income and wealth gaps. Nearly 30 years ago, Living Cities…

March 3, 2020