Yearly Archives: 2016


Building a better bond court

Guest writer Asheley Van Ness, Associate Principal, Civic Consulting Alliance, Chicago For two years, Civic Consulting Alliance and our partners have been helping to address issues in the criminal justice system, including revamping Cook County Central Bond Court. We have been working with Cook County’s criminal justice stakeholders—the Cook County Board President, Sheriff, Chief Judge, State’s Attorney, Public […]


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Civic Spirit, Civic Impact: How Partnerships Get Results

Across America, businesses invest billions in pro bono services.  In case after case, however, the civic spirit doesn’t translate into civic results. How can we fix this? Too often, nonprofit and government executives look at securing pro bono support as an end in itself. We focus on finding a company to loan their staff, but […]


Unlocking the potential: A case study of affordable housing and cross-sector partnership

Nearly one in fourteen New Yorkers live in apartments managed or subsidized by the New York City Housing Authority. But with disinvestment from all levels of government, NYCHA has been unable to keep homes in good shape and to connect residents to community resources and economic opportunities. “Aggressive action is necessary to deliver to NYCHA’s […]


How can you think long-term when you’re dealing with a deficit?

How do you upgrade millions of square feet of public housing? Can going to public hospitals to get treated become a positive experience? At the Meeting of the Minds, Alexander Shermansong moderated a keynote conversation around “Local Answers for Under-Resourced Cities,” with two of his New York collaborators, Karina Totah, Senior Advisor to the Chair at New […]