CitySCOPE Podcast

Season 1 Podcast Guests

Leslie A. Anderson
Leslie A. Anderson
President and CEO, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority

Leslie Anderson leads the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, a multi-million dollar independent financing authority created by the state of New Jersey to transform urban communities through direct investment and technical support.

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
Professor, Brandeis University

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where he leads research on agile institutions at a time of accelerating change in technology and society.

Jerry Davis
Associate Dean for Business+Impact, Michigan Ross

Jerry Davis is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan and the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business.

Karen DuBois-Walton, Ph.D.
President, Housing Authority of the City of New Haven (Elm City Communities)

Karen DuBois-Walton currently serves as the President of the Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven, President of The Glendower Group, LLC (the development affiliate of ECC/HANH) and President of 360 Management Group, Co. (the property management affiliate of ECC/HANH).

Joe Evans
Portfolio Manager, The Kresge Foundation

Joe Evans is portfolio manager for The Kresge Foundation’s Social Investment Practice, and is responsible for managing loans, guarantees, deposits and equity investments that support Kresge’s mission.

Nancy Halpern Ibrahim, MPH
Executive Director, Esperanza Community Housing

Nancy Halpern Ibrahim has been with Esperanza Community Housing for more than 20 years, and has served as Executive Director since 2006. 

James Johnson-Piett
Principal and CEO, Urbane Development

James is an evangelist for a new kind of community development that emphasizes community anchor businesses and institutions as agents of change. 

Julius E. Kimbrough, Jr.
Executive Director, Crescent City Community Land Trust

Crescent City Community Land Trust (CCCLT) Executive Director Julius E. Kimbrough, Jr. is a native New Orleanian who has worked in community development and finance for many years, both locally and in cities across the country.  

Eric Letsinger
CEO, Quantified Ventures

Eric Letsinger is the Founder and CEO of Quantified Ventures, an impact investing firm that helps clients finance specific and measurable environmental, health, and educational outcomes. He is a “tri-sector” executive, bringing 25+ years of leadership experience in government, nonprofit, and private sector organizations operating in healthcare, environment, education, and housing.   

Val Orselli
Project Director - Cooper Square Community Land Trust

Valerio (Val) Orselli is the Founding Member of Cooper Square Community Land Trust (CSCLT) and Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association (CSMHA).

Aliana Pineiro
Director of Impact, Boston Impact Initiative Fund

Aliana Pineiro works with impact investors, social enterprises and non-profit organizations to effectively measure and manage their impact.

Jason Price
Founder, Chairman of the Board, NXTHVN

Jason Price is a partner in Exaltare Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm, where he specializes in investments in lower middle market firms and family-owned businesses seeking growth capital to professionalize operations.

Gregory Reaves
Founder & Co-Owner, Mosaic Development Partners

GREGORY REAVES has spent more than 30 years working at all levels in corporate and private industries. 

Lucas Turner-Owens
Fund Manager, Boston Ujima Project

Lucas Turner-Owens is the Fund Manager at the Boston Ujima Project, a community controlled fund making investments in small businesses and real estate within Boston’s working class communities of color. He has a background in consulting and TA.

Brandon M. Weiss
Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City

Brandon Weiss is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.