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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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In Spring 2016, Ellis Carr will succeed Terry Simonette as chief executive officer of Capital Impact Partners. Currently Capital Impact's chief financial officer, Carr previously served as senior director at Freddie Mac and worked for Deutsche Bank, domestically and abroad.


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When "Highest & Best Use" Isn't
Jamaal Green, Portland State University
Are cities pre-empting possibilities for economic revival by getting rid of . . . More

Will a Merger Kill Your Mission?
Sim Wimbush and Orlando Artze
One of the benefits that accrued from the long dialogue process about our merger was that it gave time to work through concerns raised along the way--
and there were many . . . More

"Lead the Process, Not the People," and Other Lessons Learned from Collaboration
Jim King, FAHE
Recently, we've seen a renewed interest in nonprofit collaboration. However, effective and successful collaboration takes more than simply finding like-minded people to walk with you. Working with others, especially on a large scale, requires lots of work and upkeep. Here are four important lessons . . . More

How Community Groups Sidestep the Charter School Debate
James Anderson, City University of New York
As the school reform debates rage on, some community groups are staying out of the politics and still taking on a role to influence the quality of education in their neighborhoods . . . More

You Said It!

This is a great piece, and calls out the responsibility we all have in breaking down the status quo of exclusion, and beginning to create real and meaningful connections with people you may not traditionally have known otherwise. Being a good neighbor means being a good citizen, and engaging in the lives of our neighbors, both those living across the driveway and those that live "on the other side of the tracks." --Morgan Bulger on A Critical Piece of the Mixed Income Puzzle

Author Reply on The REAL Rental Housing Issue

My point, which [Mr. Siddons] may have missed, is that we have created a system in this country where housing is inherently too expensive for millions of families at the bottom of the income scale, and that as a result, we have condemned those millions -- except for the lucky ones who win the voucher lottery -- to lives of desperation and insecurity, with devastating consequences not only for themselves, but for their children and grandchildren, and for society as a whole . . . I [also] agree with Carol Ott that there are many moderate income families that are also struggling, and agree that we could do more to meet their needs. I'm concerned about the inference, though, that meeting their needs and addressing the needs of the poor are a zero sum proposition, or that somehow the moderate income families deserve it more . . . --Alan Mallach

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Center for Health, Environment
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Murtaza Baxamusa
Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC

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USC Price School of Public Policy

Janis Bowdler
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

HOPE Credit Union

Burlington Associates

Democracy Collaborative

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

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