Roundtable on Community Change


The Roundtable is known for hosting local, regional and national convenings that allow national leaders in the community-change field to grapple with the field’s most challenging issues. We are frequently invited to facilitate or organize similar meetings on behalf of leading organizations in the field. For our racial equity presentations, click here.

March 15 Meeting Participants

Participants from left to right: Sydney Taylor, Keith Lawrence, Gretchen Susi, Mark Cabaj. Mary Keefe, Rosanne Haggerty, Jim Keddy, May Louie, Jennifer Vanica, Patricia Auspos, Susana Vasquez, and Anne C. Kubisch.

In March 2013, the Roundtable brought together six of the best and most experienced managers of complex community change efforts to begin its exploration of how applying a complexity lens improves practice and performance in comprehensive community change efforts.   The meeting launched the Roundtable’s new project, “Managing in a Complex Environment.”  Sharing their insights and experience were Roseanne Haggerty of Community Solutions, Brooklyn; Jim Keddy of the California Endowment; Mary Keefe of Hope Community in Minneapolis; May Louie of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston; Jennifer Vanica, formerly with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego; and Susana Vasquez of LISC Chicago.  The Roundtable team working on this project will include consultant Mark Cabaj, formerly of the Tamarack Institute in Canada.   

PAST CONVENINGS: The following is a partial list, illustrating the variety of convenings that the Roundtable holds.

  • Performance Measurement and Management in Place-Based Work: The Roundtable brought together practitioners, researchers, policy experts, government staff, and funders in January 2012 for a one-day brainstorming session about how to improve the strategies that place-based efforts are using to measure progress and manage performance.
  • Developing and Using Data and Evidence to Improve Place-Based Work: The Roundtable convened researchers, policy experts from federal agencies, foundation staff, and practitioners in September 2011 to discuss how longitudinal data that captures the dynamic aspects of neighborhoods and their residents can be used to improve the design, management, and evaluation of place-based efforts.