Mission & Approach
Name:Participatory Budgeting Project
The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a non-profit organization that helps communities decide how to spend public money,
primarily in the US and Canada.
- PBP Staff: Though our main office is in New York City, we also have field staff based in Chicago and Vallejo (CA). In addition to this
core team, PBP Associates assist staff by providing sustained support for specific program areas.
- Josh Lerner: Executive Director - New York - email@example.com - @joshalerner -- Josh completed a PhD in Politics at the
New School for Social Research and a Masters in Planning from the University of Toronto. In addition to teaching at Fordham
University and The New School, he has worked as a popular educator with the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment and
as a community development adviser on UNDP projects in Slovakia. Since 2003, he has researched and worked with dozens of participatory
budgeting processes in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Josh is the author of the forthcoming book Making Democracy
Fun (MIT Press), which explores how games and game design can help engage people in democracy. His articles have appeared
in The Christian Science Monitor, The National Civic Review, YES! Magazine, Shelterforce, the Journal of Public Deliberation,
and the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management.
- Pam Jennings: Project Coordinator - New York & Vallejo, CA - firstname.lastname@example.org -- Pam coordinates PBP's work in Vallejo and
New York. She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island, where she began her study
of PB in 2009. During that time, she served on a research team at Brown University that traced the trajectory of PB around
the world. She has experience as a community organizer, a Spanish teacher, and as a translator in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She started working with PBP as an Associate in 2011, and she served as a facilitator and organizer with the PB District Committee
in New York's 39th Council District, where she lives.
- New York 39th Council District
- Maria Hadden: Project Coordinator - Chicago - email@example.com -- Maria coordinates PBP's work in Chicago. She is a resident
of Chicago's 49th Ward, and she first became involved in PB as a volunteer community representative during the ward's first
PB cycle in 2009. She has served as a member of the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee, and she now co-chairs
the PB Chicago Steering Committee. She is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum and completed her Master's degree at DePaul University's
School of Public Service.
- 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee
- PB Chicago Steering Committee
- Ginny Browne: Community Engagement Coordinator - Vallejo, CA - firstname.lastname@example.org -- Ginny coordinates community engagement
in the Vallejo PB process. She completed her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA, where she did extensive research
on participatory budgeting in North America. Prior to joining PBP, Ginny worked as a community organizer with the grassroots
New York organization Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), a researcher with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
in the Bay Area, and an AmericorpsVISTA associate with Fifth Avenue Committee, a community development corporation in Brooklyn.
She has collaborated with a wide range of agencies and organizations, from LA's Strategic Actions for a Just Economy to the
Federal Transportation Administration, to engage local communities on issues such as workforce development, affordable housing
preservation, and transportation equity. Ginny also has a background in community media and has reported news for National
Public Radio and the Pacifica Network.
- Vallejo, CA
- Isaac Jabola-Carolus: Project Assistant - New York - email@example.com -- Isaac supports the implementation of PB in New York City.
Prior to joining PBP, he worked with the New York Hotel Trades Council and the Community Development Project at the Urban
Justice Center. A graduate of Brown University with a degree in Development Studies, he has also researched and written about
participatory democracy in social movements.
- Aseem Mulji: Project Assistant - Vallejo, CA - firstname.lastname@example.org
- PBP Associates
- Gianpaolo Baiocchi: Research Associate - Providence - email@example.com
- Joanna Duarte Laudon: Program Associate - Toronto - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lize Mogel: Development Associate, New York - email@example.com
- Daniel Schugurensky: Research Associate - Tempe, Arizona - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donata Secondo: Program Associate - New York - email@example.com
- PBP Board of Directors: Our Board of Directors includes a mix of PB participants and experts. Organizations are for identification only - board members
serve as individual volunteers.
- Michael Menser: (Chair) - Brooklyn College, City University of New York - New York firstname.lastname@example.org -- Menser is an Assistant
Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and Earth and Environmental Science and Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate
Center, and he is the Chair of the Board of The Participatory Budgeting Project. His current research focuses on participatory
democracy, urban environmentalism, food sovereignty, and the "solidarity economy." Menser is an active member of the PSC-CUNY
faculty union and has worked with a range of labor, neighborhood and direct action groups including the NYC and World Social
Forum, US Solidarity Economy Network, Brooklyn Food Coalition and the Participatory Budgeting 45th District Committee in NYC.
- Deanna Bitetti: New York State Senate - New York -- Deanna is the External Affairs Manager for the NYS Senate Democratic Conference. She has
spent the last decade working in New York City and New York State politics including as an aide to Congresswoman Yvette D.
Clarke and as Chief of Staff to a Member of the New York State Assembly. She also served as the Associate Director of Common
Cause/New York where she worked on issues pertaining to campaign finance and ethics reform. Her interest in curbing the undue
influence of money in politics led her to become a vocal supporter of the participatory budgeting process in New York City.
Recognizing her work in government affairs, in May of 2012 she was named a "Rising Star" by City and State Newspaper in their
40 under 40 Awards: Albany's Next Generation of Political Leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College
from the Macaulay Honors College and a Masters of Public Administration in International Economic Policy from Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs.
- Yves Cabbanes: Development Planning Unit, University College London - London -- Yves is Professor and Chair of Development Planning at the
Development Planning Unit, University College London. From 2004 to 2006, he was a lecturer in Urban Planning at Harvard University
Graduate School of Design. From 1997 to 2003, he was the Regional Coordinator of the UN Habitat/UNDP Urban Management Program
for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the UMP, he worked for ten years in Northeast Brazil, for various NGOs,
grassroots groups, and local governments on low-income housing, income-generating activities, and slum improvement in very
poor communities. He has coordinated numerous research and development programs with Asian, Latin American, African and Arab
partners on urban and municipal governance issues such as participatory planning and budgeting, municipal poverty reduction,
social inclusion innovative practices, revitalization of urban centres, community based micro finance, urban agriculture,
low income housing, and appropriate technologies for local development. He has acted as Chair for the UN Advisory Group on
Forced Evictions (2004 -2010) and as a senior advisor and member of various development initiatives and networks, such as
the International Alliance of Inhabitants and the International RUAF Foundation (Resource Centres for Urban Agriculture and
- Karen Dolan: Institute for Policy Studies - Washington DC -- Karen is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, where she has worked
since 1996. She holds an M.A. With Highest Distinction in Philosophy and Social Policy from the American University in Washington
DC. At IPS she directs the Cities for Progress and Cities for Peace projects, which link community-led organizations with
policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. Her work focuses on local democracy/empowerment, peace, anti-poverty
and economic equality. She helped pilot participatory budgeting in Chicago's 49th Ward, the first municipal participatory
budgeting process in the US. She is currently collaborating with NY-Times Best-Selling Author Barbara Ehrenreich to tell the
stories of the millions of Americans affected by the Great Recession. Karen regularly appears in print and broadcast media,
and some of her publications include: Battered By Storm: How The Safety Net Is Failing Americans and How to Fix It; Our Communities
are Not for Sale; Paying the Price: The Mounting Costs of War in Iraq, Unleash Democracy in Mandate for Change, and Foreign
Policy Goes Local. She also serves on the boards of The Backbone Campaign, The Liberty Tree Foundation, and the Jobs With
Justice Worker Rights Board.
- Rachel Laforest: Right to the City Alliance - New York -- Rachel has been the Executive Director of the Right to the City Alliance since May
2011. She joined the Alliance after eight years working with progressive labor, directing the Organizing and Public Policy
departments of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 and Actors Equity Association (AEA). Rachel organized and led multiple
mobilizations of thousands of TWU members to City Hall and the state government; conducted extensive research and designed
education and training in public policy for union members and officers; and was a lead coordinator for TWU during the 2005
New York City transit strike, after which the union leadership was jailed. Prior to her career with TWU and AEA, Rachel served
as Lead Organizer/Co-Campaign Director for Jobs with Justice/ New York, building community-labor solidarity and joint action
and co-coordinating the campaign that won an increase of $2 per hour in the minimum wage for New York State. Rachel holds
a BA from Hunter College/CUNY in Political Science (Black & Puerto Rican Studies) and Education. She has served on the Steering
Committee for Participatory Budgeting in New York City.
- Joe Moore: Chicago City Council - Chicago -- Alderman Joe Moore is a member of Chicago City Council. Since 1991 he has represented the
city's 49th Ward, which includes the Rogers Park neighborhood. He has been named the "Most Valuable Local Official" in the
country by The Nation magazine, in recognition for his successful sponsorship of a resolution against the war in Iraq, measures
requiring living wages for employees of big box retail stores, and environmental restrictions on Chicago's coal-fired power
plants. Starting in 2009, he launched the first participatory budgeting process in the US, inviting residents of his ward
to directly decide how to spend his $1.3 million discretionary budget.
- Karin Nangreave: CPA, Alternative Schools Network - Chicago (Treasurer) -- Karin is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed in the state
of Illinois, who received her Master's of Science in Accounting from University of Illinois-Chicago. She has been involved
with participatory budgeting in Chicago's 49th Ward in 2010-11 as a community representative and in 2011-12 as a member of
the leadership committee and finance committee chair. Karin is currently employed as the Associate Fiscal Director of the
Alternative Schools Network, a Chicago-based not-for-profit, and has worked as an independent auditor specializing in the
- Krystal Peartree: New York Small Business Solutions - New York -- Krystal has worked in urban planning and community economic development for
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, the Flatbush Development Corporation, Enterprise Community Partners, and NYC Business
Solutions. She is currently completing her Masters in City and Regional Planning, with a concentration in community and participatory
planning, from the Pratt Institute. Krystal began her work with participatory budgeting during the 2012-2013 cycle of PBNYC,
as a Budget Delegate for NY Council District 8. She has also worked on the PBNYC research team with the Urban Justice Center.
Krystal holds a BA in Communications from Penn State University.
- Helen Rosenthal: New York City Council Candidate - New York -- Helen is a Candidate for the New York City Council in 2013 (Manhattan, District
6). She served as Budget Delegate and Co-Chair of the Education Committee for Participatory Budgeting in NYC, in Council District
8. Helen worked in the NYC Mayor's Budget office during the Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani Administrations, helping to oversee
over six billion dollars of the health care agency budgets. Helen's community experience includes serving on her local Community
Board since 2000, where she initiated and Chaired the Strategy and Budget Committee for many years and was elected Chair of
the Board twice. She is currently Board Chair of ParentJobNet, a community not-for-profit that provides job training and counseling
services for public school parents looking for work. Helen holds a BA in Public Policy from Michigan State University and
graduated with Highest Distinction from the Yale School of Medicine with a Masters in Public Health.
- Simone Samuel: Paralegal and tenant leader at Toronto Community Housing - Toronto -- Simone is a tenant leader at Toronto Community Housing,
Canada's largest social housing provider, and an active volunteer in her community. She has chaired several tenant committees
and served as a researcher in the evaluation of the housing authority's participatory budgeting process. She is a licensed
paralegal and a student at Athabasca University in Alberta working towards her BPA in Governance, Law & Management.
- Erin Sanborn: Independent consultant - Taos, New Mexico -- Erin has worked throughout the US to improve communities' economic resiliency,
through the integration of environmental stewardship, social justice and economic development. For 30 years she has provided
conflict resolution and organizational development support to help organizations tackle complex problems. She has served as
a consultant, leadership coach, project and program manager, conference organizer, trainer, public speaker, facilitator and
mediator for the US Environmental Protection Agency, MIT, Intel, the Alliance for Community Care, the Taos Community Foundation,
and dozens of other organizations, institutions, and businesses. Erin specializes in the design and management of complex
multi-stakeholder (government agencies, nonprofit/NGOs, communities, businesses) collaborative processes focused on the quality
of education, transportation, healthcare and sustainable development.
- Meg Wade: Skylight Books - Los Angeles (Secretary) -- Meg has done a variety of work to create democratic political and economic structures
at the local level. She participated in the first year of participatory budgeting in Chicago's 49th Ward as a community representative,
focusing on proposals for pedestrian, biking, and public transit infrastructure. A former community organizer with Democracy
Unlimited of Humboldt County, she has also worked as a research associate for Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota on
issues related to recount and audit election law, and served on the board of organizations such as Local First Chicago. Meg
currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a bookseller at Skylight Books.
- Erik Olin Wright: University of Wisconsin in Madison - Madison, Wisconsin -- Erik is Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University
of Wisconsin in Madison. His academic work has focused on social stratification, class relations, and egalitarian social,
economic, and political systems. Since 1992 he has directed The Real Utopias Project, which explores a wide range of proposals
and models for radical social change. His books include Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory
Governance(with Archon Fung, Verso, 2003); Envisioning Real Utopias (Verso, 2010); American Society: How It Really Works (with
Joel Rogers, W.W. Norton, 2010).
- PBP Advisory Board: Organizations are for identification only - board members serve as individual volunteers.
- Ilana Berger: New Bottom Line - New York -- Ilana is Co-Director of the New Bottom Line, a national alignment of community organizations,
congregations, labor unions, and individuals working together to build a movement that challenges established big bank interests
to create an economy that works for all of us. She has been a professional community organizer for over 15 years, and she
previously served as the Executive Director of FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality), a grassroots organizing
group in Brooklyn.
- Chris Cavanagh: Catalyst Centre and York University - Toronto -- Chris is a co-founder of the Catalyst Centre, a Toronto-based popular education
worker co-op that does curriculum development and design and facilitation for non-profits, educational institutions and trade
unions. He was also a member of the Doris Marshall Institute for Education and Action between 1991 and 1998. Chris has taught
an annual graduate class in popular education and social change since 2001 for the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York
University in Toronto. He helped coordinate the 10×10 campaign for PB in Toronto.
- Archon Fung: Harvard Kennedy School - Cambridge, Massachusetts -- Archon is Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at the
Harvard Kennedy School. His research examines the impacts of civic participation, public deliberation, and transparency upon
public and private governance. His Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy examines two participatory-democratic
reform efforts in low-income Chicago neighborhoods. Current projects also examine initiatives in ecosystem management, toxics
reduction, endangered species protection, local governance, and international labor standards. His recent books and edited
collections include Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance; Can We Eliminate
Sweatshops?; Working Capital: The Power of Labors Pensions; and Beyond Backyard Environmentalism. Fung received two SBs and
a PhD from MIT
- Jez Hall: PB Unit - Lancaster, UK -- Jez is a member of PB Partners, and he was a long-time associate of the UK based PB Unit. He has
worked on promoting Participatory Budgeting (PB) in England, Scotland and Wales since August 2000. As well as his work establishing
the PB Unit, supporting the early English pilots and advising local authorities, he is now focusing on a new project of PB
with children and young people as a way to develop citizenship skills and create new opportunities for personal empowerment.
Jez was previously employed by Lancaster University Management School as a social enterprise business analyst. Between 2005
and 2007 he was a non-executive director of Central Manchester Primary Care Trust, with oversight of community engagement
and children services. Jez also spent 10 years working for a community architecture charity advising community groups on project
development, community organizing and community led regeneration. In 2009 he established Shared Future CIC, a not for profit
company specializing in supporting Social Enterprise.
- Sandy Heierbacher: National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation - Harrisburg, PA -- Sandy is the director of the National Coalition for Dialogue
& Deliberation (NCDD), which brings together people and groups across the US who actively practice, promote and study inclusive,
high quality conversations. Sandy has consulted for such organizations as the Corporation for National Service, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Kettering Foundation in the areas of intergroup dialogue, public participation
and deliberative democracy. Sandy has an M.A. in International Management from SIT Graduate Institute.
- Gabriel Hetland: University of California - Berkeley, CA -- Gabriel is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.
His dissertation examines participatory budgeting in Venezuela and Bolivia, looking at the similarities and differences in
how PB is implemented in municipalities run by Left and Right parties. He has also conducted research on PB in Vallejo, CA,
and is a member of the Research Advisory Board for PB Vallejo. Gabriel has written about PB, social movements, and politics
in Latin America and the US for The Nation, NACLA, CounterPunch, Dollars and Sense, and ZNET and his work appears in several
edited volumes on Latin America, social movements, and the Occupy movement.
- Brad Lander: New York City Council Member - New York -- Brad Lander was elected to the New York City Council in November 2009. He represents
the 39th district in Brooklyn, which includes the neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Park
Slope, Windsor Terrace and Borough Park, and Kensington. Prior to his election to the Council, Brad was the director of the
Pratt Center for Community Development, where he worked with community leaders, city government and non-profit organizations
to preserve and strengthen neighborhood quality-of-life, promote sustainability, and create opportunity in low-income neighborhoods.
Brad also served for a decade as executive director of the Fifth Avenue Committee, a nationally recognized, not-for-profit
community-based organization in Brooklyn that develops affordable housing, creates economic opportunities, and organizes tenants
and workers. He was one of the initial four Council Members to launch PB in NYC.
- Steve Larosiliere: Stoked - New York -- In 2005, Steve founded Stoked, a mentoring organization with the purpose of promoting personal development,
academic achievement, and healthy living to underserved youth through action sports culture. Prior to founding Stoked, Steve
worked at Mentoring USA as a mentor recruiter where he advocated for foster care youth by presenting the benefits of mentoring
to corporations and government officials. He holds a BA in History from Stony Brook University and an MPA from Baruch College
School of Public Affairs.
- Matt Leighninger: Deliberative Democracy Consortium - Hamilton, ON -- Matt is the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium
(DDC), an alliance of the major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement.
The DDC represents more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations, and universities, collaborating to support research
activities and advance democratic practice, in North America and around the world. Matt is a Senior Associate for Everyday
Democracy, and serves on the boards of E-Democracy.Org, the National School Public Relations Association, and The Democracy
- Melissa Mark-Viverito: New York City Council Member - New York -- Melissa Mark-Viverito currently serves as a New York City Council Member, representing
District 8, which includes El Barrio/East Harlem, Manhattan Valley and Mott Haven. She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto
Rico and attended Columbia College at Columbia University in New York City where she earned her B.A. in Political Science
in 1991. Melissa was selected to attend the National Urban Fellows Program and earned her Master of Public Administration
from Baruch College, City University of New York in 1995. In 2005, Melissa became the first Puerto Rican woman and Latina
elected to serve as Council Member for the 8th Council District. In 2009, she was elected to her second term in the City Council.
Melissa has worked to advance an agenda focused on issues affecting working class and low-income families, youth, seniors
and immigrant communities. She was one of the initial four Council Members to launch PB in NYC.
- Tiago Peixoto: World Bank Institute - Washington, DC -- Tiago is currently an open government specialist with the ICT4Gov program of the
World Bank Institute (WBI)'s Open Governance cluster. Prior to joining the Bank, Tiago managed projects and worked as an advisor
and consultant for various organizations in the field of participation and technology, such as the European Commission, OECD,
the United Nations, and the Brazilian and UK Governments. He is also a research coordinator of the Electronic Democracy Centre,
a joint venture of the European University Institute, the University of Zurich and the Oxford Internet Institute of the University
of Oxford. Tiago is one of the leading experts on online and digital engagement in PB.
- Luc Rabouin: Urban Ecology Center - Montreal and Paris -- Luc has been developing sustainable neighbourhoods in Montreal for the last twenty
years, and has served as Executive Director of the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre since 2006. He worked ten years as a community
organizer in the public community health sector, and he acted as consultant to many local community as well as regional and
national level organizations. Luc specializes in the fields of social development, community economic development, urban ecology
and participatory democracy. He is the author of "Democratizing the City" published by Lux Editor in 2009 and holds a Graduate
Diploma in Community Economic Development and a Masters in Political Science. Luc was one of the lead organizers of the PB
process in Montreal's Plateau Borough from 2006-2008.
- Marina Spindler: Group of 50 - New York -- Marina Spindler is the executive director of the Group of Fifty (G50) and recently launched the
Millennium Leaders (ML50), a new group composed of top Latin American entrepreneurs under 40 years of age. As executive director
Marina supervises all aspects of strategy, programming, development, and direction for the G50 and has organized high-level
business summits in China, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Singapore, and Washington, D.C. She is currently enrolled in the Executive
Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program at Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
Previously, Marina was the Latin America corporate program manager for Foreign Policy Magazine and served as a special advisor
to the Ashoka fellow and founder of the Pan American Collaborative Emergency Medicine Organization. Marina earned her degree
in international affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. after spending many years abroad.
- Celina Su: City University of New York - New York -- Celina is an associate professor of political science at the City University of
New York and co-founding executive director of the Burmese Refugee Project, which employs participatory models to foster community
development among Shan Burmese refugees in northwest Thailand. Her research focuses on civil society and the cultural politics
of education and health policy. She has written numerous articles and two books on civic engagement and education policy:
Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press, 2009), and,
co-authored with Gaston Alonso, Noel Anderson, and Jeanne Theoharis Our Schools Suck: Young People Talk Back to a Segregated
Nation on the Failures of Urban Education (New York University Press, 2009). She serves on the Steering Committee for PBNYC.
- Rachel Swaner: Center for Court Innovation - New York -- Rachel is a principal research associate for the Center for Court Innovation, focusing
on youth programming at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. She is also working on a national portrait of the commercial
sexual exploitation of children, and the evaluation of Defending Childhood, the U.S. Attorney General's multi-site initiative
to address children's exposure to violence. Prior to joining the Center, she was a research associate at the Harlem Children's
Zone, where she evaluated social, educational, and health programs for children and youth. Ms. Swaner received her B.S. and
Master's of Public Administration from New York University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center. She
has served as a budget delegate in the 39th District in PBNYC.
- Mel Wymore: Manhattan Community Board 7 - New York -- Mel is a long term resident of the Upper West Side who served as Chair of Community
Board 7 and is currently running for NY City Council. Mel has worked on issues in the neighborhood such as the Stratford Arms
Meal Program, the community theater at the West Side YMCA, the 59th Street Recreation Center, a K-8 school at Riverside Center,
and Car-Free Central Park. Mel is a former entrepreneur with degrees in mathematics, communications, and systems engineering,
and has served on the City-Wide Steering Committee and as a budget delegate facilitator for PBNYC.
- Sondra Youdleman: Community Voices Heard - New York -- Since March 2007, Sondra has served as Executive Director of Community Voices Heard,
a member organization of low-income people, predominantly women with experience on welfare, building power in New York City
and State to improve the lives of families and communities. Sondra has worked both in the United States and abroad to achieve
social and economic justice through organizing. She has over 15 years experience as an organizer and activist with grassroots
groups including farm workers, Native Americans, public housing residents, and low-income workers in the United States, and
abroad for various populations throughout Latin America and in several African countries. She obtained a Master's Degree in
Public and International Affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
- PBP Partners: We partner with local, national, and international organizations to ground PB in local communities and connect these local
experiences with broader movements. Our main partners include:
- The Community Development Project: at the Urban Justice Center
- Community Voices Heard
- The Great Cities Institute
- International Association for Public Participation USA
- The PB Unit (UK)
- Right to the City Alliance
- PBP Supporters: Our biggest supporters are YOU! Thank you to the 100+ individual donors who contributed over $13,000 in our first few months
of fundraising. That said, we deeply thank the following institutions for their support of our work:
- New York Women's Foundation
- North Star Fund
- Chicago Community Trust
- New York Foundation
- New York Community Trust
- Crown Philanthropies
- Fund for Democratic Communities
- Davenport Institute
- New World Foundation
- Field Foundation
- Open Society Foundations
- City of Vallejo
- David Greenfield: New York City Council Member
- Brad Lander: New York City Council Member
- Stephen Levin: New York City Council Member
- Melissa Mark-Viverito: New York City Council Member
- Eric Ulrich: New York City Council Member
- Mark Weprin: New York City Council Member
- Jumaane Williams: New York City Council Member
- Mike Locurto: Buffalo Common Council Member
- Toronto Community Housing
- David Chiu: San Francisco Board of Supervisors President
- Center for Place, Culture, and Politics: City University of New York
- Institute for Policy Studies: Washington DC
- Watson Institute: Brown University