Laura Ravinder

Laura Ravinder

Laura Ravinder is a recent graduate student at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy where she is focusing on social policy and community development.

Laura joined Social Policy Research Associates in June of 2016. Prior, she served as an intern on Living Cities’ Collective Impact team while completing her graduate degree at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

Before the University of Chicago, Laura worked as the Annual Fund Manager at YWCA Boston, which works to reduce systemic racial and gender disparities and improve social cohesion in Boston. She has also worked at nonprofit organizations that focus on economic empowerment and entrepreneurship education in Oakland and Los Angeles. Laura graduated with a BS in Physics from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.

Laura Ravinder

Contributing Articles

Four Ways Open-Sourcing Social Change Strengthened Community Engagement in Collective Impact

By open-sourcing solutions to a key challenge in the field of collective impact–engaging community members–we were able to create actionable and digestible resources that helped practitioners strengthen their work. Our CEO, Ben Hecht, frequently talks about “knowledge as a social good.” This idea is baked into the core of Living Cities operations—we believe that it is our obligation to share …

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Community Engagement E-Course: Participant Surveys Analysis

This e-course analysis highlights process learnings of creating and implementing Living Cities’ inaugural collective impact e-course and synthesizes feedback and behavior changes of participants through survey data. The following is an analysis of the data collected from the community engagement e-course surveys for Living Cities in Spring 2015. Living Cities had more than 2,700 individuals sign-up for the e-course. This …

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