Robert Giloth is vice president, Center for Family Economic Success at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and has written widely about community economic development. Prior to joining the Foundation in December 1993, Bob managed community development corporations in Baltimore and Chicago and was Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development under Mayor Harold Washington. Bob has a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
Colin Austin designs and manages projects related to career advancement for low-wage workers. He also conducts research on the changing Southern economy and workforce readiness, with a particular focus on immigrant labor. Colin currently directs a U.S. Department of Labor “Pathways out of Poverty” grant for green job training. Colin also works with a network of community colleges that are adopting the The Center for Working Families® approach to help low-income families reach financial stability and move up the economic ladder.
Bob Brehm has been active in community development for over 30 years, including 17 years as Director of Bickerdike Redevelopment in Chicago. He teaches in an online nonprofit management program, and has a consulting practice focusing on empowering community groups to utilize community development strategies to achieve their mission.
Neil Kleiman has spent over 15 years building a career at the intersection of many sectors—policy, media, philanthropy, government and academia. Neil has written and edited over thirty policy reports and his work has been featured in many media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week and National Public Radio.
Richard S. Kordesh, Ph.D. consults in, studies, and teaches about place-based community development, especially as it engages and benefits families. He is the author of Restoring Power to Parents and Places: The Case for Family-Based Community Development (iUniverse, 2006). He is Co-Principal Investigator of the Integrated Community Development and Child Welfare Project in Ethiopia, an initiative based at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Carla J. Robinson specializes in local economic development planning and policy. She has taught courses on the topic at several colleges and universities and has also worked for a number of nonprofit organizations.
Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and currently serves as the Acting Director for the Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban & Regional Development, and the Faculty Director of the Center for Community Innovation.
Kirsten S. Moy, Director of Scale Initiatives, Economic Opportunities Program (EOP), at the Aspen Institute, is the project manager for two Aspen initiatives focused on achieving scale in the nonprofit industry: the Asset Platform and the EITC Platform. Ms. Moy previously served for 10 years as EOP’s Director, as director for the Community Development Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative, and as the first director of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund in the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Charles Goldberg was formerly a senior analyst in the Center for Research and Evaluation at Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public organization specializing in education and workforce development. It was in that capacity that he conducted the research that formed the basis for his contribution to Mistakes to Success. He previously conducted anthropological fieldwork in rural South Korea, and he is currently living in Seoul, where he is working on a book based upon that research.
Carolyn Hayden is the President and Founder of One World Consulting Group, LLC.Carolyn consults with statewide coalitions to improve asset building practice and policy, and manages Opportunity Cars, a national network of over 120 nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting car ownership for low wage working families. Carolyn is an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow. Prior to her consulting career, Carolyn developed and led a HUD Housing Counseling National Intermediary to increase home ownership opportunities in low-wealth communities.