Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

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Nancy E. Adler

University of California, San Francisco

Nancy’s Idea: Assessing Health Effects of Community Development

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Nancy O. Andrews

Low Income Investment Fund

Nancy’s Idea: Inflection Point: New Vision, New Strategy, New Organization

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Angela Glover Blackwell

PolicyLink

Angela’s Idea: America’s Tomorrow: Race, Place, and the Equity Agenda

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Eric Belsky

Harvard University

Eric’s Idea: Crossing Over to an Improved Era of
Community Development

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Alan Berube

Brookings Institution

Alan’s Idea: The Continuing Evolution of American
Poverty and Its Implications for Community Development

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Angela Blanchard

Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

Angela’s Idea: People Transforming Communities. For Good.

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Xavier de Souza Briggs

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Xavier’s Idea: Deep Democracy Is Not Meetings That Last
Forever: Community Development Next

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Allison Brooks

Reconnecting America
Allison’s Idea: Transit-Oriented Development Is Good
Community Development

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Antony Bugg-Levine

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Antony’s Idea: Future of Community Development: How CDFIs Can Best Ride the Impact Investing Wave

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Mark Calabria

Cato Institute

Mark’s Idea: Rules, Not Resources

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Gabriella Conti

University of Chicago
Gabriella’s Idea: Early Childhood Development:
Creating Healthy Communities with Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness

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Naomi Cytron

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Naomi’s Idea: Routinizing the Extraordinary

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Shaun Donovan

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Shaun’s Idea: Fighting Poverty through Community Development

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Arne Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education

Arne’s Idea: Fighting Poverty through Community Development

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Cynthia M. Duncan

AGree
Cynthia’s Idea: Routinizing the Extraordinary

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Elizabeth A. Duke

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Elizabeth’s Idea: Building Sustainable Communities

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Peter Edelman

Georgetown University Law Center

Peter’s Idea: Our History with Concentrated Poverty

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David Edwards

IBM Corporation

David’s Idea: It Takes a Neighborhood: Purpose Built Communities and Neighborhood Transformation

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Ingrid Gould Ellen

New York University

Ingrid’s Idea: Crime and Community Development

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David Erickson

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

David’s Idea: Routinizing the Extraordinary

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Janet Falk

Mercy Housing

Janet’s Idea: Getting to Scale: The Need for a New Model in Housing and Community Development

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Jennifer Fauth

City of New York
Jennifer’s Idea: Crossing Over to an Improved Era of
Community Development

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Shirley Franklin

Purpose Built Communities

Shirley’s Idea: It Takes a Neighborhood: Purpose Built Communities and Neighborhood Transformation

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Ian Galloway

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Ian’s Idea: Routinizing the Extraordinary

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Paul Grogan

The Boston Foundation
Paul’s Idea: The Future of Community Development

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James J. Heckman

University of Chicago

James’ Idea: Early Childhood Development: Creating Healthy Communities with Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness

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Ben Hecht

Living Cities
Ben’s Idea: From Community to Prosperity

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Ted Howard

Democracy Collaborative

Ted’s Idea: Owning Your Own Job Is a Beautiful Thing: Community Wealth Building in Cleveland, Ohio

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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Risa’s Idea: Why Health, Poverty, and Community
Development Are Inseparable

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Clara Miller

F. B. Heron Foundation

Clara’s Idea: The Continuing Evolution of American Poverty and Its Implications for Community Development

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Sister Lillian Murphy

Mercy Housing

Sister Lillian’s Idea: Getting to Scale: The Need for a New Model in Housing and Community Development

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Mark A. Pinsky

Opportunity Finance Network

Mark’s Idea: What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?

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James M. Radner

University of Toronto

James’ Idea: Mobilizing Science to Reduce Intergenerational Poverty

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Nicolas Retsinas

Harvard Business School

Nicolas’ Idea: Inflection Point: New Vision, New Strategy, New Organization

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Kathleen Sebelius

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Kathleen’s Idea: Fighting Poverty through Community Development

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Ellen Seidman

Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Ellen’s Idea: Integration and Innovation in a Time of Stress: Doing the Best for People and Place

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Jack P. Shonkoff

Harvard University

Jack’s Idea: Mobilizing Science to Reduce Intergenerational Poverty

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John Robert Smith

Reconnecting America

John’s Idea: Transit-Oriented Development Is Good Community Development

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Jennifer Tescher

Center for Financial Services Innovation

Jennifer’s Idea: Household and Community Financial Stability: Essential and Interconnected

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J. Phillip Thompson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

J. Phillip’s Idea: Deep Democracy Is Not Meetings That Last Forever: Community Development Next

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Alexander von Hoffman

Harvard University

Alexander’s Idea: The Past, Present, and Future of Community Development in the United States

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