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Rewatch Philanthropy & The City episode featuring Kresge Board Chair Cecilia Muñoz

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A new five-episode video series, Philanthropy & The City 2022, debuted in August from The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and The Kresge Foundation. All five episodes are available to watch now.

The series brought together some of the nation’s foremost leaders at the intersection of philanthropy and urban leadership. Hosted by Kresge President & CEO Rip Rapson, the conversations explored the essential role of community in establishing local priorities, how philanthropy varies in the context of mayoral leadership styles and leveraging federal resources at the local level.

The series kicked off on Aug. 4 with former San Antonio mayor and former Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary, Henry Cisneros, discussing the differing approaches used by mayors to influence the future of American cities. Henry and Rip explore the complementarities between local elected priorities and efforts that build cross-sector scaffolding around city government. They also discuss how experienced mayors, city administrators and community advocates practice civic leadership in the context of different communities and governance structures.

In the second episode, San Francisco Foundation CEO Fred Blackwell and Rapson discussed non-traditional approaches to racial equity and economic justice in the SF Bay area. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava was featured on Sept. 8 in a conversation about centering human services into a broader civic leadership role. Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba joined Rapson on Sept. 22 to discuss how a background in civil rights organizing has helped the mayor lead an equity-focused, community-driven agenda.

The final episode debuted on Oct. 6 and featured Munoz, Kresge’s Board Chair and Senior Advisor at New America Cecilia Muñoz.

Episode 1: Mayor as a Verb

Episode 2: Regional Solutions for Regional Problems

Episode 3: Collaborator in Chief

Episode 4: Moments of Collective Gain

Episode 5: The Question of the Hour