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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Urban Revitalization Initiative Targets Regions with Barriers to Opportunity

MacArthur grantee Living Cities, a nationwide collaboration of 22 major foundations and banks dedicated to urban revitalization, launched a new effort to help five regions tackle barriers to opportunity for low-income residents. Read More

Opportunity Chicago Helps 5000 CHA Residents Find Jobs

Opportunity Chicago, a MacArthur-supported workforce development initiative for Chicago public housing residents, has helped more than 5,000 people find employment, according to a new report. Read More

Foundation President Robert Gallucci Addresses the City Club of Chicago

MacArthur President Robert Gallucci shares his insights into philanthropy while discussing his background and his goals for the Foundation. Read More

President Signs Bill Creating New Consumer Financial Protection Agency

MacArthur grantee the Center for Responsible Lending played a lead role in the formation of the Bureau, which will put in place comprehensive mortgage protections and help borrowers facing foreclosure. Read More

Chicago's Public Housing Transformation

According to a new report by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chicago's controversial efforts to overhaul its public housing have showed gradual improvement Read More

First Look Program to Help Stabilize Struggling Communities

The nation’s top mortgage lenders agreed to offer selected state and local governments and nonprofit organizations right of first refusal to purchase foreclosed homes. 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
Portrait of Alaina Harkness

Alaina Harkness

Program Officer
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