Julienne Kaleta

Julienne Kaleta

At Living Cities, Julienne’s role rests at the intersection of capturing data and sharing lessons learned about what it takes to close racial wealth and income gaps.

Julienne supports practitioners with telling stories about their journey, successes and challenges in advancing inclusive economic growth. She also contributes to the execution of Living Cities’ programmatic work, where public sector leaders are working to operationalize racial equity in their cities.

Julienne is an alum of University of North Carolina Wilmington. As a resident assistant and representative on student government, she advocated for resources to support survivors of sexual violence and a curriculum that recognized the history of race in Wilmington, North Carolina. She also volunteered with a grassroots organization that pushed for clean drinking water in her community.

Julienne Kaleta

Contributing Articles

A Vision for Systemic Change in the Twin Cities: An Interview with Marcus Pope

JK:We’re celebrating your new role as President of Youthprise! Can you tell us a bit about Youthprise? MP: I’ll start by sharing Youthprise’s mission, which is to increase equity with and for Minnesota’s Indigenous, low income, and racially diverse youth. We take the “with and for” very seriously; half of our board members are young people between the ages of …

Collective Organizing Toward Narrative Change: An Interactive Timeline

Explore the timeline at the end of this post! Over the past four years, we have lived through so many events that have sparked, challenged or reshaped national conversations about race. Donald Trump was elected after a campaign characterized by xenophobia and racism, and during his term the country experienced both an uptick in hate crimes and a resurgence of …

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 superiority. The latter is about how I can grow into the person that I want to be. Doing so requires …

Flipping the Script: A Moral and Economic Case for Narrative Change

Where do our values and beliefs come from? Answering this question is important for people committed to social change, because these values and beliefs drive our work. Over time, the millions of messages we consume from media, our families, communities, schools, and more shape our perception of the world as it is and define what is possible. Narratives result when …

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