Joe Scantlebury is the President and CEO of Living Cities, a collaborative of 19 of the world’s leading foundations and financial institutions who work together to close racial income and wealth gaps in American cities.

Prior to joining Living Cities, Joe Scantlebury served as vice president for program strategy (places) at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. He led, designed and implemented strategic programming efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation priority places.

Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation in January 2015, Joe served as senior program officer, U.S. Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Washington, D.C. In this role, Joe led state policy advocacy within a subset of priority Northeast and Mid-South states, as well as led civil rights and equity work at Gates. He was responsible for advancing foundation strategies, priorities and brand by building public and political will among national, federal and state leaders and constituencies. Prior to working at the Gates Foundation, Joe was a staff attorney at the Youth Law Center in Washington, where he advocated and litigated nationally to reduce disproportionate minority confinement and addressed conditions within the juvenile justice system.

Joe received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s New York State School of Industrial & Labor Relations. He holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.