Meet Our Team: Kate Dykgraaf

Kate, welcome to CCI! What is your role with us?

I lead behind the scenes on operations and strategy so our programs run smoothly and we can be most effective at our work.

What about the Center’s work most excites you?

Our ambitious, deeply held goal of systems change in community investment. I spent 7 years working at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), talking to communities working to deploy resources in low- and moderate-income areas. The extent of the need for affordable housing and basic infrastructure, let alone climate-resilient infrastructure, and the tools that we have to finance them are completely out of whack—we absolutely will not be able to get to the scale to address the problem unless we expand the people and resources at the table. Our approach at CCI is trying to change the system—getting people together to change the way finance gets deployed with an eye toward better outcomes for poor communities and communities of color.

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Meet Our Team: Omar Carrillo Tinajero

Omar, you are a Center Fellow here at CCI. What does that mean?

I’m involved with our local systems change work, which focuses on working with communities across the country to help them advance their work to achieve community goals. As our work advances, I’ll be heading out into towns and cities to work closely with teams on the ground. In my fellowship, I’m exposed to all the pieces of the Center’s work, and get to forge relationships with practitioners in other fields, especially my specialties of urban planning and community development.

You recently graduated from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Why did you choose the Center Fellowship as your next step?

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The Center for Community Investment Introduces Its Inaugural Class of Fulcrum Fellows!

The Center for Community Investment is excited to announce the 12 members of its first class of Fulcrum Fellows.

The Fulcrum Fellowship, a 15-month program for rising leaders in the fields of population health, climate resilience, community development, urban planning, and community investment, is designed to position fellows to help disinvested communities achieve their environmental, social and economic priorities.

“Our first cohort of Fulcrum Fellows is a dynamic group of leaders ready to scale efforts that make positive differences in the lives of people in their communities,” said Robin Hacke, Executive Director of the Center. “The challenges and proposed solutions they shared with us during the application process were very impressive. I am confident that with the support of this fellowship, they will make significant strides to advance equity, health, and well-being in their respective communities.”

Participating in the inaugural class of Fulcrum Fellows are:

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Meet our Team: Alyia Smith-Parker Gaskins

Each month, we’ll be profile a new member of the CCI Team. First up: Alyia Smith-Parker Gaskins, Assistant Director of Programs/Health.

Welcome to CCI, Alyia! What’s your role here?

My role is to help the Center and the communities we work with rethink the ways they deploy their assets to promote the health and well-being of all residents. I’m am also helping the Center better engage the health system leaders in accelerating investments in building healthy communities.

What about CCI’s work most excites you?

I am most excited about working with people on the ground who are or might be engaged in community investment efforts, and the opportunity to help them transform the places they live and work into places with robust opportunities to thrive. I’m looking forward to working with leaders who are passionate about place and people.

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What’s Next for Pioneering Health Institutions Investing in the Social Determinants of Health?

Our research into how health institutions are participating in the community investment system suggested that only a small minority of health systems are actively investing in improving the upstream social determinants of health. Earlier this year, we took the opportunity to gather 10 of these leading institutions together to deepen our understanding of what it took these institutions to get where they are, what their next phase of work might look like, and what it would take to get there.

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