Alexander Shermansong


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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


44 ways to make it work:
Secrets of successful cities

Representatives from 44 cities gathered in Miami last week. Why were so many cities, ranging from the bucolic to the megalopolis, gathered together? It’s part of a major rethinking of the role of the federal government in the lives of city dwellers. Instead of just giving grants (or taking them away) the federal government and […]


Mayor turns to Civic Consulting Minnesota to rethink snow plowing

Civic Consulting Minnesota is just getting started, and already they’re making news. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman asked the newly formed public-private pro bono partnership for help getting ready for the snow season. The city is already implementing Civic Consulting’s recommendations and aims to clear snow on 90% of major streets within 20 hours of […]


Mentor recruitment receives a
boost from LinkedIn

Guest writer Business Mentor NY explains the benefits of skills-based volunteering.   Business Mentor NY began working with LinkedIn and Civic Consulting to connect with pro bono professionals throughout New York State.  Civic Consulting connected Business Mentor NY with LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace, a site for professionals to identify and pursue skills-based volunteering opportunities. In a survey, 82% […]


Less is more: How Chicago grew tourism

  With the help of pro bono partners, Chicago created a single, unified voice for all the great things you can do and see in the city, and tourism is growing.    Like many cities, Chicago used to have separate entities focused on attracting different types of tourists.  This appeared to make sense: leisure tourists […]


How can you give it away for free?

“How can you afford to give your services away for free?” People often ask me, “and why wouldn’t a company providing the service want to bill you?” A lot of people assume if you’re not charging for your services, it’s not worth charging for them. In fact, it used to be the case that “pro […]