Field Catalyst

Field Catalyst brings together established leaders in community investment, community development, community organizing, adaptive leadership, and racial justice to cross-fertilize and refine their coaching and technical consultation skills.


CCI aims to catalyze field-level change by sharing its work broadly and creating a multiplier effect.

Field Catalyst helps us do this by convening established practitioners for 15 months of cross-fertilizing their experiences and expertise, strengthening their coaching and technical skills, and deepening their understanding of community investment (including capital absorption), racial justice, and adaptive leadership.

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Field Catalysts Lead Change

Field Catalysts are transforming the community investment field. With boldness, clear direction, and accountability, they coach others on how to apply the capital absorption framework. Expanding our collective learning, they use their expertise to hone current tools and create new resources to reach our shared goals. Field Catalysts help others:

Identify bottlenecks and gaps in the community investment system.

Surface and refine shared priorities to guide decision-making and resource allocation.

Advance built environment projects aligned with community priorities.

Advocate for the creation of new policy and practices.

Address structural inequities in their institutions and fields.

Center the voices and vision of community members.



I was on the steering committee of Chicago Funders Together, an affiliate of the national Funders Together to End Homelessness. We were shepherding a strategic plan for this collaborative to help move resources. I was able to apply the capital absorption framework and thinking around racial justice to inform that work more explicitly.

Heather Parish, Albert Pick Jr. Fund

Meet our 2022-2023 Field Catalysts!

These 16 changemakers will participate in a 15-month action-learning program that develops leaders’ capacity to facilitate effective community investment collaborations. They join a network of leaders committed to advancing racial equity and supporting disinvested communities to achieve their environmental, social, and economic priorities. 

The McKnight Foundation
Senior Program Officer, Vibrant & Equitable Communities
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
Director of Housing & Health Equity
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Community Desk Chicago
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago, Illinois
Wells Fargo
Vice President, Climate Aligned Philanthropy, and Partnership Lead
San Francisco, California
Housing Partnership Network
Executive Vice President, Capital Markets
Detroit, Michigan
NeighborWorks America
Regional Vice President, Western Region
Los Angeles, California
The Public Finance Initiative
Executive Director
Boston, Massachusetts
California Community Foundation
Director of Housing and Economic Opportunity
Los Angeles, California
Riverside County Department of Housing & Workforce Solutions
Deputy Director
Indio, California
Center for Community Investment
Initiative Director, Connecting Capital and Community
Indianapolis, Indiana
NeighborWorks America
Director, Healthy Homes and Communities
Oakland, California
Wells Fargo Foundation
Head of Housing Access and Affordability Philanthropy
Kensington, Maryland

Past Participants

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Invest Appalachia
Chief Executive Officer
Asheville, North Carolina
Urban Strategies, Inc.
Executive Vice President
South Euclid, Ohio
Founder & CEO
Washington, District of Columbia
Peacock Partnerships, LLC
San Francisco, California
Healthy Homes, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Executive Director
Columbus, Ohio
Director - Community Impact
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Center for Community Investment
Initiative Director
Boston, Massachusetts
Community Partners
Senior Program Advisor
Los Angeles, California

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