Philanthropy & The City 2022 brings 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 explore 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.


Mayor as a Verb

Henry Cisneros

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shank, Williams, Cisneros & Co.

American Triple I Partners

Henry Cisneros, former San Antonio Mayor and former HUD secretary, discusses the differing approaches used by mayors to influence the future of American cities. Cisneros and Rip Rapson explore the complementarities between local elected priorities and efforts that build cross-sector scaffolding around local government. They also discuss how experienced mayors, public officials and community advocates practice civic leadership in the context of different communities and governance structures.

Regional Solutions for Regional Problems

Fred Blackwell

President and CEO
The San Francisco Foundation

Fred Blackwell, a former city official who now runs the San Francisco Foundation, discusses non-traditional approaches to racial equity and economic justice in the San Francisco Bay area with Rip Rapson. Blackwell focuses on his career evolution – eliciting what he learned about public sector policies and funding streams and their evolving perspectives on how local philanthropy can catalyze, complement, and align across sectors to create inclusive economies.

Collaborator in Chief

Danielle Levine Cava

Miami-Dade County, Florida

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, of Miami-Dade County, and Rip Rapson explore how philanthropy can help cities and counties reinvent themselves to integrate diverse strategies for economic inclusion, adapt human service organizations to promote economic mobility, and plan for long-term issues. How do you assert the primacy of a governance unit created to provide human services into a broader civic leadership role, helping human service work evolve to address economic mobility and build this influence without threatening other units of government or being sidetracked with other agendas?

The Mayor as Equity Champion

Chokwe Antar Lumumba

Jackson, Mississippi

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Rip Rapson examine the monumental challenge of advancing racial equity in Jackson, Mississippi. How does he modulate his background as a civil rights organizer and son of a Black Panther as he moves from traditional planning to citizen budgeting and an equity-focused, community-driven agenda? How does he marshal resources, forge alliances with opposing political forces, and deal with the state preemption problem?

The Policy Moment: Leveraging Federal Resources for Localities

Cecilia Muñoz

Senior Advisor
New America

Cecilia Muñoz, a former Director of White House Domestic Policy Council, and Rip Rapson explore how federal resources can optimally “land in cities,” what local capacities for capital absorption need to be in place; and how roles can be distributed vertically across the local, state, and federal levels. Cecilia discusses how her experience in the Obama Administration highlighted the need to contextualize federal money flows and how she is translating that to philanthropy.


Fred Blackwell

Fred Blackwell
San Francisco Foundation

Mayor Cava
Mayor Daniella L. Cava

Miami-Dade County,

Henry Cisneros

Henry Cisneros
American Triple & Shank, Williams, Cisneros

Cecilia Munoz
Cecilia Munoz

Board Chair, The Kresge Foundation & Senior Advisor, New America

Rip Rapson

Rip Rapson
President & CEO,
The Kresge Foundation

The series is a partnership between
The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and
The Kresge Foundation