Just Say Black

I work in circles where we talk a lot about “people of color” (POC). We discuss what POC need to thrive economically, how to support POC with resources, and of course we interrogate how racism affects POC in the public…

June 9, 2021

There is Only One Kevin Clayton…But We Need One in Every Company

This piece was developed with guidance and input from the Living Cities Narrative Change Working Group, a collective impact consortium composed of foundations, financial institutions and key partners working to harness market forces for economic inclusion by shifting corporate narratives about…

May 24, 2021

Prudential Sees Racial Equity as a Moral, Economic and Business Imperative

This piece was developed with guidance and input from the Living Cities Narrative Change Working Group, a collective impact consortium composed of foundations, financial institutions and key partners working to harness market forces for economic inclusion by shifting corporate narratives about…

April 29, 2021

Leveraging Relationships and Centering Racial 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. Ashleigh Gardere Executive Vice President…

April 1, 2021

Wealth Building as a Tool for an Equitable Rochester

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. Dr. Lomax R. Campbell Director…

March 30, 2021

Model Minority No More: Towards a Model of Mutual Struggle

Living Cities joins the more than 500 philanthropic leaders who have committed to building multi-racial solidarity and shifting funding to communities of color, including Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, to help dismantle white supremacy and all forms of oppression.  We mourn the deaths of…

March 30, 2021

The Rich Cultural Identity of Native Americans in ABQ

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. Dawn Begay Native American Affairs…

March 25, 2021

Cultural Equity to Achieve Social Change in New Haven, Conn.

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. Adriane Jefferson Director of the…

March 23, 2021

Youth and Philanthropy Co-Design an Equitable Minnesota

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. Marcus Pope Vice President of…

March 18, 2021

Building an Anti-racist City During COVID

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. Clare Verbeten Equity and Inclusion…

March 16, 2021

Using Resilience to Build an Equitable Minneapolis

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. Ron Harris Chief Resilience Officer…

March 11, 2021

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