National Steering Committee is Formed

March 25, 2019

A new Steering Committee has come together to determine the methods, structure, and resources to sustain a long-term effort that brings attention and support to America’s middle neighborhoods. The Steering Committee is comprised of nearly 20 confirmed members, including prominent practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and funders working at national, state, and local levels to protect communities “on the edge” between growth and decline.

The Steering Committee aims to chart the short- and long-term future of the middle neighborhoods movement, decide on priority activities and initiatives, align institutional commitments, and find an appropriate institutional base/permanent home for this work, if possible.

In contrast, the middle neighborhoods Community of Practice will focus on peer-sharing activities, in order to support the work of community-based organizations and policymakers by transferring the technology of various middle neighborhoods strategies to each other.

Members of the Steering Committee include:

  • Nelson Beckford, Program Director, Cleveland Foundation (co-chair)
  • Lori Schwarz, Director of Neighborhood Services, City of Plano (co-chair)
  • Paul C. Brophy, Senior Adviser, The American Assembly; Principal, Brophy & Reilly LLC
  • Charles Buki, President, czb LLC
  • Nedra Fears*, Executive Director, Greater Chatham Initiative
  • Jessie Grogan, Senior Policy Analyst, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Jenny Hope, Director of Neighborhood Programs, Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.
  • Patrick Jordan, VP Enterprise Advisors, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Amber Lynch, Senior Planner, City of Des Moines
  • Joseph McNeely, Board Member, National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA)
  • Rachel Meadows, Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker
  • Marcia Nedland, Principal, Fall Creek Consultants
  • Pamela Puchalski, Executive Director, The American Assembly
  • Darlene Russell, Senior Program Officer, Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Carey Shea, Organizer, Neighborhood Homes Investment Coalition
  • Paul Singh, Acting Vice President, NeighborWorks America
  • Jeffrey T. Verespej*, Executive Director, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation
  • Frank Woodruff, Executive Director, National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA)

*Co-Chair, Middle Neighborhoods Community of Practice

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