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Isis Ferguson

Isis Ferguson

Isis Ferguson is the Associate Director of City + Community Strategy for Place Lab, a catalyst for mindful urban transformation and creative redevelopment overseen by renowned social practice artist Theaster Gates. 

Pashon Murray

Pashon Murray

Pashon Murray is the co-founder of Detroit Dirt and a lifelong champion of waste reduction, sustainable practices, and circular economies. She has become a spokesperson for these movements, and even more so, a representative of the real working American public. 

Eric Avner

Eric Avner

Eric Avner is Vice President and Senior Manager of community development programs for the Cincinnati-based Haile Foundation, and is CEO of People's Liberty, a "philanthropic lab" that invests directly in individuals through funding and mentorship.

Khali Sweeney

Carlo "Khali" Sweeney

Carlo "Khali" Sweeney is the founder of Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, a boxing gym on Detroit's east side that develops good citizenship in urban youth through a wide variety of educational and fitness programs and voluntary service. 

Jordan Justice

Jordan Justice

Toledo isn't known for being a particularly bike-friendly city, but Jordan Justice is trying to change that. He's the founder and board president of the Toledo Bike Coalition, which he started in January 2016 with other bike-lovers in the city. Their goal is to make Toledo a city where everyone's comfortable biking, and their first mission is to make area businesses more bike-friendly.
Toledo 

Tommy Pacello

Tommy Pacello

Tommy Pacello is President of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC), a community development organization supported by eight major anchor institutions operating in a two square mile area between Downtown and Midtown Memphis. 

Alex Gilliam

Alex Gilliam

Public Workshop started in Philadelphia in 2009, but is really an outgrowth of the work Alex Gilliam has been doing teaching design and architecture over the past 17 years. With the recently launched sister nonprofit, Tiny WPA, he is able to take that work a few steps further. 

Gétro Jean-Claude

Gétro Jean-Claude

Gétro Jean-Claude is a Financial Analyst for the Toledo Port Authority, as well as the founder of CAN Digital Group, a marketing social enterprise dedicated to improving the quality of life and well being of individuals and communities, locally and internationally. 
Toledo 

Roshawn Jones

Roshawn Jones

As the United States Olympians walk out for the Opening Ceremonies in Rio this summer, one Toledo resident will be beaming with pride. Roshawn Jones will be looking on with a smile as Charles Conwell represents the red, white and blue at the 2016 Summer Olympics. For the past four years, Conwell has been traveling from Cleveland to Toledo for training at Jones' Soul City Gym.
Toledo 

Brandon Nicholson

Brandon Nicholson

Brandon Nicholson is the Executive Director of Hidden Genius Project, which provides young Black males in the Oakland area an opportunity to engage in the ongoing tech boom. 

Yscaira Jimenez

Yscaira Jimenez

Yscaira Jimenez is the CEO of LaborX, a job-matching platform for entry-level candidates with nontraditional backgrounds, or, as she describes it, "LinkedIn for the linked out."

Lourdes German

Lourdes German

Lourdes German is the Director of International & Institute Wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Boston. She is also the founder and director of the Civic Innovation Project, a virtual learning platform on emerging government innovation.
Boston 

Jules Webster

Jules Webster

Sometimes young people aren't sure where they belong. They might seek new opportunities, new experiences, in new places. They might venture beyond their hometown, like Jules Webster did, only to learn that they never really needed to leave. 
Toledo 

Jessie Feller Hahn

American Urban Innovators Are Filling Crucial Gaps

Together, Meeting of the Minds and Urban Innovation Exchange launched the Urban Innovator Series just 25 weeks ago with the support of the Kresge Foundation. Each week, we feature an “urban innovator” handpicked from around the United States. These are people changing cities, and we're excited to host two of our past innovators in a free webinar on June 8th.

Gregory Peckham

Gregory Peckham

Gregory Peckham is the Managing Director of LAND Studio in Cleveland, a nonprofit with the mission is of creating places and connecting people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning, and dynamic programming.
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