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White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Briefing and Dialogue

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
10:00am PST
First 5 LA
750 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Join Southern California Grantmakers for a briefing and update on emerging funding opportunities through the White House’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI). 

With the Obama Administration's re-election tooffice, the White House is committed to build upon the impact of neighborhood revitalization efforts in meeting the needs of our most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Following the briefing, participants will join an interactive discussion about lessons learned from initiatives across the country, the role that philanthropy has played and future plans for the NRI. The discussion will be led by:


This program is convened in partnership with The California Endowment, Center for the Study of Social Policy, First 5 LA and the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Strategic Partnerships. Attendees will include representatives from the philanthropic, nonprofit and government sectors engaged in NRI or place-based work.


Cynthia Gibson
Senior Fellow, The Philanthropic Initiative
Cynthia Gibson is a strategist, thought leader, practitioner and writer on issues ranging from civic engagement and nonprofit management to health care and education. She has more than 26 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including leadership roles for national foundations. At The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), Gibson leads client engagements, carries TPI’s voice into the conversations shaping philanthropy and connects people together to collaborate and get results. Prior to TPI, she was principal of Cynthesis Consulting and a program officer at Carnegie Corporation of New York. Gibson has also served in senior staff positions at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Partnership for Democracy (formerly The Youth Project). She taught at the New School University and served as a senior fellow at Tufts University; and has been a member of several advisory committees, selection panels and boards, including,, Nonprofit Quarterly, Public Conversations Project and

Matt Leighninger
Executive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium
Matt Leighninger is executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), an alliance of organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. The DDC represents more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations and universities collaborating to support research activities and advance democratic practice in North America and around the world. Leighninger has worked with public engagement efforts in more than 100 communities, in 40 states and four Canadian provinces. He is a senior associate for Everyday Democracy and serves on the Boards of, the National School Public Relations Association and The Democracy Imperative. Leighninger has served as a consultant to the National League of Cities, NeighborWorks America, Centers for Disease Control and the League of Women Voters. His first book, The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to Shared Governance – and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same, traces recent shifts in the relationship between citizens and government and examines how these trends are reshaping our democracy.