Community of Practice updates

March 25, 2019

The primary purpose of the Community of Practice (CoP) is to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and technical assistance opportunities. The Community of Practice has two practitioner co-chairs, Nedra Sims-Fears of Greater Chatham Initiative in Chicago and Jeff Verespej of Old Brooklyn CDC in Cleveland. They work with American Assembly staff Pamela Puchalski and Stephanie Sung, and consultant Marcia Nedland (also a practitioner) to guide CoP work.

Examples of CoP opportunities being planned for 2019 include:

  • Newsletter conveying peer features, peer announcements, news stories, and resources.
  • Webinars with panels of practitioners speaking to a topic of interest to other practitioners.
  • Best practice documentation and dissemination.
  • Facilitation of peer-to-peer referrals, introductions, and site visits.
  • One-hour Intro to Middle Neighborhoods webinar available for delivery to local networks on behalf of a CoP member, and offered regularly to help on-board new CoP members.
  • Facilitation of specific peer-peer contacts from an experienced practitioner to one exploring middle neighborhoods as a policy or practice initiative, e.g., council member-to-council member, foundation-to-foundation.
  • Facilitated input to research partners such as the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, on priority research questions for practitioners.
  • Similar input for partners in lending, government and foundation communities.
  • Crowdsourcing annual convening content.

Want to work with Marcia on a webinar? Want to organize a site visit to a peer? Ready to document your work in a case study?

Contact Marcia at

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