PROJECTBuilding the Next-Gen Federal Place-based Program

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  • Policy Working Group Members

    As part of this project, the Urban Institute and PolicyLink convened a policy working group to advise on the development of a blueprint for the next generation of federal place-based policy.

    The policy working group is made up of policymakers and civic leaders working at the intersection of multiple policy domains and across a wide range of geographies. Members of the working group draw on their expertise and deep experiences working with communities across the country to share insights and foster learning on place-based principles, programs, and action.


    Alaina Beverly
    Urban America Forward/University of Chicago

    Lavea Brachman
    Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

    Don Chen
    Surdna Foundation

    Eytan Davidson
    Purpose Built Communities

    Josh Davis

    Sagar Desai

    Karoleen Feng
    Mission Economic Development Agency

    Salin Geevarghese
    SGG Insight

    Dreama Gentry
    Partners for Education at Berea College

    Rosanne Haggerty
    Community Solutions

    Michael Huang
    Communities in Schools

    Nick Johnson
    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

    Michele Jolin
    Results for America

    Ryan Lugalia-Hollon
    UP Partnership

    Dwayne Marsh
    Northern California Grantmakers

    Alejandra Montoya-Boyer
    National Association of Counties

    Carol Naughton
    Purpose Built Communities

    Michael Nutter
    Former Mayor of the City of Philadelphia

    Steve Patrick
    Aspen Institute

    Tony Pipa
    Brookings Institution

    Hayling Price
    Harlem Children’s Zone

    Richard Raya
    Mission Economic Development Agency

    Sadiqa Reynolds
    Louisville Urban League

    Alexa Rosenberg
    Enterprise Community Partners

    Rey Saldaña
    Communities in Schools

    Sondra Samuels
    Northside Achievement Zone

    Callie Seltzer
    Local Initiatives Support Corporation

    Haley Simmons
    Seeding Success

    Dottie Smith
    Commit Partnership

    Kate Tromble
    Results for America

    Wendy Viola
    Harlem Children’s Zone

    Policy Centers Research to Action Lab