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Audience in Lecture






President & CEO


Living Cities, Inc.


Joe Scantlebury is the President & CEO of Living Cities, Inc. - a philanthropic collaboration of prominent private foundations and financial institutions. We strive for a vision in which all people in American cities live economically sustainable, thriving, abundant, and connected lives. We are intentional about racial equity and committed to addressing the barriers to the equitable flow of capital within the United States that entrench generational poverty and threaten to undermine our democracy. Prior to joining the Living Cities in September 2021, Joe was the Vice President for Place based Programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a Senior Program Officer, U.S. Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a staff attorney at the Youth Law Center, founding director of the National HIRE Network at the Legal Action Center, and Executive Director of STRIVE/East Harlem Employment Services. Joe serves on the board of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and the Televisa Univisión Foundation; and regularly advises and supports nonprofit and leaders of color committed to advancing inclusive and equitable education and economic opportunity. Joe is a practicing Roman Catholic whose faith walk guides his support for the GU 272 Descendant & Society of Jesus truth and reconciliation partnership. In addition to being a member of the J23F9 Pahara cohort, Joe is a Future Good DEI Leader cohort member, an Association of Black Foundation Executives Fellow, and a United States-South Africa Emerging Leaders Fellow. Joe received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s New York State School of Industrial & Labor Relations. He holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, a Master of Public Administration from New York University Wagner School of Public Service, an an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Livingstone College (HBCU).

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