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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CDFIs Receive Funding to Support Charter Schools

As part of a new $325-million JP Morgan Chase initiative, two Foundation-backed community development financial institutions will receive grants and access to $175 million in new low-cost debt to finance top-performing charter schools. Read More

A Comprehensive Approach to Transforming Communities

The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development will offer training, build capacity, and document what is working or not in community development efforts across the country. Read More

Remarks by Julia Stasch, Inauguration of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development

MacArthur's Vice President of U.S. Programs discusses how the Institute can become a leader in the field of community development. Read More

Bank of America Eliminates Costly Overdraft Fees

Research and advocacy by MacArthur grantee the Center for Responsible Lending played a leading role in spurring the bank's policy shift, expected to save customers hundreds of millions of dollars. Read More

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
Portrait of Maurice Classen

Maurice Classen

Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
Portrait of Alaina Harkness

Alaina Harkness

Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
Portrait of Mijo Vodopic

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
Portrait of Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary