Walter Wright joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2011 as the project director of the Greater University Circle Community Wealth Building Initiative. This effort is supported by Living Cities, a collaboration of 22 of the nation’s largest foundations and financial institutions. Walter previously served as senior program officer for Neighborhood Progress where he oversaw comprehensive support program for select community development corporations. Walter earned a bachelor’s degree in art education and a master of arts in education from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a certificate in studio art from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Walter is also a guest blogger for http://www.livingcities.org.
The Twin Cities have been described as the Portland, Oregon of the Midwest, and I can see why – clean, forward-thinking, and practical – a very desirable place to live. I was visiting as part of a Living Cities Integration Initiative site visit for an opportunity to engage in cross-site learning. I was particularly interested in delving into their community engagement efforts, a strategy we’re working hard at in Cleveland, and comparing their efforts with our own.