Community & Economic Development

MacArthur has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the city and region as a whole. The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them. Read our strategy

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Evaluating Opportunity Chicago

Opportunity Chicago, the MacArthur-supported workforce development initiative for Chicago public housing residents, surpassed its goal of helping 5,000 public housing residents find quality work, according to an evaluation. Read More
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Building Successful Neighborhoods

From the Urban Institute's What Works Collaborative, this report lays out a research agenda on neighborhood policy. Read More

"Big Data and a Brave New World"

Read the full story in The Huffington Post
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Bridging the Gap: Technology & Civic Change

MacArthur Program Officer for Community & Economic Development Alaina Harkness notes how digital technology can support philanthropy's efforts to connect experts and practitioners. Read More

Citywide Data Collection Project

With the help of a $300,000 grant from MacArthur, Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a proposal to have Chapin Hall work with the City's Chief Data Officer to document citywide data. Read More

"Apps for Metro Chicago Winner Named"

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"Fallen Leaves"

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Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Interim Managing Director, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Craig Howard

Craig Howard

Director of Community and Economic Development
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Maurice Classen

Program Officer
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Alaina Harkness

Program Officer
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Mijo Vodopic

Program Officer
Portrait of Janice A. Dunbar

Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
Portrait of Beth Gutelius

Beth Gutelius

Research Assistant
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Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary