I am a strategic advisor, author, and columnist. During a 35-year career in urban development I created Reinvestment Fund, one of the nation’s most effective community investment institutions, chaired the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and provided strategic advice to philanthropies, universities, and private companies.

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Mar 6

Questions for the School Board

Philadelphia Mayor Kenney has until March 20th to appoint a local school board to replace the School Reform Commission. A new era is about to begin.

The nomination process was thoughtfully organized: a 13-member nominating group, a number of informational meetings throughout the city, a review process with a timeline, and a public listing of the 27 final nominees.

The 13-member nominating board went through 500 applications, whittled them down to 80 persons to interview and then voted the final 27. It is now up to the Mayor. The Mayor wanted nominees to possess: organizational acumen, a commitment to education, a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and community empowerment, ethical behavior and integrity.

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The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism

The New Localism provides a roadmap for change that starts in the communities where most people live and work. In their new book, The New Localism, urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak reveal where the real power to create change lies and how it can be used to address our most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges. Buy at Amazon

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I work with family offices, philanthropies, universities, and private companies to chart strategy. I especially love working at the intersection of market discipline and public purpose.

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