Community & Economic Development

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 and the current status of our work

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"Hackers Called Into Civic Duty"

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"A Summer of Data Hacking Social Problems"

From The New York Times Blog Read More
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Improving Government through Data Analytics

Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has launched Data-Smart City Solutions, an initiative aimed at using big data and analytics to transform the way local government operates. Read More

"Getting Out of Jail and Staying Out"

From the National Journal
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Fellowship to Connect Scholars with Policy Practitioners

The University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy has named Brett Goldstein, Chief Data and Information Officer for the City of Chicago, as its inaugural Fellow in Urban Science. Read More


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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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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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Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
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Beth Gutelius

Research Associate
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Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Communications Officer