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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Reducing the Risk of School Dropout and Violence Involvement Among Chicago Youth

A paper conducted by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, suggests a promising approach for helping the most challenged students, who often arrive in high school several years behind their peers. Read More

The small social networks at the heart of #Chicago violence, story via @ChicagoMag http://t.co/KmZberDLFw

RT @harknessa: "Make every community a smart community." Love seeing ideas from @LISCChicago tech organizing in #chitechplan http://t.co/PQ

.@Living_Cities study shows #xsector partnership in #Chicago worked to transform communities http://t.co/iAHH02JWJk CC: @ChiTrust @AKGold11

"Division Street, U.S.A."

The New York Times
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Harnessing Open Data for Social Change

The book “Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation” analyzes how open data is being used to effect social change. 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