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

What's New


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

Illinois Approves Payday Loan Bill

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that caps interest rates on payday loans and provides other consumer protections through increased regulation of lenders. Read More

Russia–U.S. Community Development Exchange

In an exchange made possible by MacArthur’s International Connections Fund, American community development experts from LISC met with their Russian counterparts to share strategies and experiences in working to improve urban neighborhoods. Read More


Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, 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 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

Media Contact

Portrait of Meredith Klein

Meredith Klein

Communications Officer