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

What's New

RSS

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

"Division Street, U.S.A."

The New York Times
Read More
Harnessing Open Data for Social Change thumbnail

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
Chicago Launches First Comprehensive Public Data Dictionary thumbnail

Chicago Launches First Comprehensive Public Data Dictionary

The Data Dictionary will serve as a resource for anyone interested in understanding what data is collected by city agencies and departments, how and if it may be accessed, and in what format it exists. Read More
Building Influential Alliances to Meet Societal Challenges thumbnail

Building Influential Alliances to Meet Societal Challenges

A paper produced by Living Cities explores the traits and components of successful cross-sector partnerships that can yield innovative efforts to solve deeply entrenched societal problems. Read More
A Collective Impact Case Study: Opportunity Chicago thumbnail

A Collective Impact Case Study: Opportunity Chicago

A case study analyzes how the initiative successfully helped 5,000 public housing residents prepare for and find quality jobs by connecting low-skilled, low income job seekers to workforce development resources. 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 Associate
Portrait of Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary