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Community Development

Investing in What Works for America’s Communities: Table of Contents

This book encourages a more integrated approach to anti-poverty efforts that builds on what we know is working. Through dozens of examples of innovative ideas that are transforming neighborhoods, this book uncovers the new sectors, new financing tools, and new technologies that can be harnessed to bring opportunity to America’s struggling communities.


Elizabeth A. Duke, Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Section I
Community Development: Past and Present

The Past, Present, and Future of Community Development in the United States
Alexander von Hoffman, Harvard University

The Continuing Evolution of American Poverty and Its Implications for Community Development
Alan Berube, Brookings Institution

Crossing Over to an Improved Era of Community Development
Eric Belsky, Harvard University
Jennifer Fauth, City of New York

Section II
Open Forum: Voices and Opinions from Leaders in Policy, the Field, and Academia

From Leaders in Policy

Fighting Poverty through Community Development
Shaun Dovonan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

From Leaders in the Field

America’s Tomorrow: Race, Place, and the Equity Agenda
Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink

People Transforming Communities. For Good.
Angela Blanchard, Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

Future of Community Development: How CDFIs Can Best Ride the Impact Investing Wave
Antony Bugg-Levine, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Community Development in Rural America: Collaborative, Regional, and Comprehensive
Cynthia M. Duncan, AGree

It Takes a Neighborhood: Purpose Built Communities and Neighborhood Transformation
Shirley Franklin, Purpose Built Communities
David Edwards, IBM Corporation

The Future of Community Development
Paul Grogan, Boston Foundation

From Community to Prosperity
Ben Hecht, Living Cities

Owning Your Own Job Is a Beautiful Thing: Community Wealth Building in Cleveland, Ohio
Ted Howard, Democracy Collaborative

Why Health, Poverty, and Community Development Are Inseparable
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The World Has Changed and So Must We
Clara Miller, F. B. Heron Foundation

Getting to Scale: The Need for a New Model in Housing and Community Development
Sister Lillian Murphy, Mercy Housing
Janet Falk, Mercy Housing

What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?
Mark A. Pinsky, Opportunity Finance Network

Transit-Oriented Development Is Good Community Development
John Robert Smith, Reconnecting America
Allison Brooks, Reconnecting America

Household and Community Financial Stability: Essential and Interconnected
Jennifer Tescher, Center for Financial Services Innovation

From Leaders in Academia

Assessing Health Effects of Community Development
Nancy E. Adler, University of California, San Francisco

Deep Democracy Is Not Meetings That Last Forever: Community Development Next
Xavier de Souza Briggs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
J. Phillip Thompson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rules, Not Resources
Mark Calabria, Cato Institute

Our History with Concentrated Poverty
Peter Edelman, Georgetown University Law Center

Crime and Community Development
Ingrid Gould Ellen, New York University

Early Childhood Development: Creating Healthy Communities with Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness
Gabriella Conti, University of Chicago
James J. Heckman, University of Chicago

Mobilizing Science to Reduce Intergenerational Poverty
James M. Radner, University of Toronto
Jack P. Shonkoff, Harvard University

Section III
Mapping the Future: Synthesizing Themes and Ideas for Next Steps

Integration and Innovation in a Time of Stress: Doing the Best for People and Place
Ellen S. Seidman, Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Routinizing the Extraordinary
David Erickson, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Ian Galloway, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Naomi Cytron, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Inflection Point: New Vision, New Strategy, New Organization
Nancy O. Andrews, Low Income Investment Fund
Nicolas Retsinas, Harvard Business School