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SEASON 1, EPISODE 1

A Tale of Two Cities

Bootstraps or downward escalators. No matter which analogy you prefer, the data are clear: the neighborhood where you grow up determines how high you can reach in life. This first episode shows how history and policies segregated poverty in neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Guests

Eddy Moratin

Executive Director, LIFT Orlando

Eddy Moratin is the Executive Director of LIFT Orlando, a non-profit organization founded by business leaders to partner with neighborhood residents and accelerate community transformation. Its mission is to break the cycle of poverty through holistic neighborhood revitalization mixed-income housing, cradle to career education, wellness and economic opportunity.

David Edwards

Chief Executive Officer, Purpose Built Communities

David Edwards has a deep and diverse background in the public, private and nonprofit sectors working on innovative initiatives addressing some of the greatest challenges facing cities around the world. AS CEO, he is responsible for expanding the number of Purpose Built Communities across the country and ensuring that they deliver transformative outcomes for families and children.

Carol Naughton

President, Purpose Built Communities

Carol Naughton has been a leader in comprehensive community revitalization for more than 20 years and was a founding staff member of Purpose Built Communities. The work she has led has been recognized as uniquely successful by many, including Warren Buffett, Ben Bernanke, the White House Office of Neighborhood Revitalization, the Urban Land Institute and the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Education.

She is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and was Executive Editor of the Emory Law Journal, and graduated cum laude with an AB in Political Science from Colgate University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), the Board of Advisors of the Build Healthy Places Network, and Board Member of Drew Charter School.

Kia Baker

Executive Director, Southeast Raleigh Promise

Kia has over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector with organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Public Allies, and most recently, served as the Chief of Food Recovery & Distribution at a Feeding America food bank, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Kia currently serves as Executive Director for Southeast Raleigh Promise, Inc.

Narrator

Alexandra Wiggins

Community Development Associate, Purpose Built Communities

Alexandra Wiggins supports current Network Members and assists new prospects as a Community Development Advisor for Purpose Built Communities. Alex is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center where she received her Juris Doctor as well as a Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law.

This is Community is created in partnership with HL Strategy. Our executive producers are Eytan Davidson, Howard Lalli, and Sherry Crawley. Our producer, director, and editor is Brady Hummel. Mixing and mastering is by Matt Honkonen, and our music is from Pitchwire.