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Exciting News from Cities of Service

Over the past decade, Cities of Service brought effective, long-term citizen engagement to city halls across the country and around the globe. Our 2019 Year in Review tells the story of how we collaborated with city leaders to do that, and ends with a promise of exciting things ahead.

We are pleased to share great news about the future of Cities of Service with our network. The next step on our journey will take us to Johns Hopkins University as an independent center in the summer of 2020. From our new home, we will continue spreading the most effective methods of citizen engagement and begin leveraging the talents and assets of the university to pioneer groundbreaking approaches and incubate new programs that build stronger cities.
As the organization enters this new phase, we have also made staffing changes that will support our ongoing work and help build the vision and operations for the new center in Baltimore. Myung J. Lee, Founding Executive Director, has decided to stay in New York where she and her family have deep roots. Myung has taken on a consulting role and will help us envision priorities for the future. Gail Nayowith, a founding board member and nonprofit leader, has stepped in as Interim Executive Director to guide us through the transition and help build the road forward. You can read more about our plans in a letter from Myung and Gail.

This is an exciting time for Cities of Service as we make a new home and forge a new path together. Stay tuned for additional updates.  

Watch: Shaping Citizen Engagement in Anchorage

We’re incredibly proud of the impact we've made in our coalition cities. “The major thing that we have found invaluable is the network of communities that Cities of Service nurtures,” says Ona Brause, Chief of Staff for Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. Ona and Brendan Babb, Chief Innovation Officer, talk about the difference we've made in Anchorage, Alaska, in our new video, the first of a series celebrating our collaboration with city leaders. 

Watch the Video

Cities of Service in Plymouth

Last month, Myung J. Lee represented Cities of Service in Plymouth, United Kingdom, at an event organized by the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network. At the event she gave the keynote address about how Cities of Service effectively engages residents and showcased the incredible work of Plymouth, a winner of the 2019 Engaged Cities Award. Myung also joined city staff from Bristol and York, United Kingdom, and Lansing, Michigan, on a panel to discuss collaborative models of resident engagement and help spread best practices and new ideas to other cities.

Resources and Opportunities
  • Apply for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge! The challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. The deadline to apply is April 1. Learn more here.
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