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Akeem Dixon

Akeem Dixon

Akeem Dixon is the 52nd Street Corridor Manager for Philadelphia's Enterprise Center, where he emphasizes the community development practice of doing with instead of doing for or to.

Jerry Paffendorf

Jerry Paffendorf

Jerry Paffendorf is the CEO and co-founder of LOVELAND Technologies, a Detroit-based company creating a public database of every property in America, along with tools for understanding and improving land use. 

Laura Zabel

Laura Zabel

Laura Zabel is Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota, a community economic development organization that is run by and for artists. 

Sabrina Mutukisna

Sabrina Mutukisna

Sabrina Mutukisna is the co-founder of the Oakland-based Town Kitchen, a community-driven food company that employs and empowers low-income youth by delivering chef-crafted boxed lunches to corporate clients.

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Who is shaping the future of cities?

When we talk about cities, it's easy to focus on the macro – systems and networks, infrastructure and industry. But if you zoom in closer you'll find a very different story – one of passionate people working every day to shape a better tomorrow. This is why we're excited to share People Changing Cities, a new series to spread stories of remarkable individuals leading urban change.

Sommer Woods

Sommer Woods

Sommer Woods is the VP of External Relations and Marketing for the M-1 Rail, and has shepherded the project from one that was plagued by criticism and controversy to one that reflects the community. 

Rose Broome

Rose Broome

Rose Broome is the co-founder and CEO of HandUp, a direct giving system for homeless people and neighbors in need based in San Francisco. 

Randy McShepard

Randy McShepard

Randy McShepard is the VP of Public Affairs for RPM International Inc. He's also the co-founder of Policy Bridge, a nonprofit public policy think tank, and Rid-All Green Partnership, an urban farm that focuses on community building and youth education.

Bobby Zappala

Bobby Zappala

Bobby Zappala is the co-founder and CEO of Thrival, an innovation and music festival, and Thrill Mill, a nonprofit business incubator, both supporting early-stage Pittsburgh startups.

Yael Lehmann

Yael Lehmann

Yael Lehmann is the Executive Director of The Food Trust in Philadelphia, a food justice advocacy organization that takes a comprehensive approach to food access and healthy lifestyles. 

Pashon Murray

Pashon Murray is the owner and co-founder of composting business Detroit Dirt, which takes food scraps from restaurants, corporate cafeterias, and even animal feces from the Detroit Zoo and composts it all into nutrient-rich dirt. She is also the star of that one Ford commercial.
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