Community And National Initiatives

Program Area

Supporting successful, inclusive cities


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    What We Fund

    Knight is a national foundation with deep local roots. We have offices in eight cities where the Knight brothers once published newspapers, and work through community foundations in 18 others. We work to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. 

    Communities program

    Our work in community focuses on attracting and nurturing talent, enhancing opportunity, and fostering civic engagement. Rather than a single approach, we seek to support efforts authentic to each community. 

    Learn more about our work in each of the communities where Knight has offices: 

    Akron, Ohio, Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, Macon, Georgia, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, California, St. Paul, Minnesota

    In these cities, Knight program directors are your first point of contact. Knight also works in 18 additional communities in partnership with local community foundations. Learn more about the Community Foundations program.

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    Aberdeen, South Dakota; Biloxi, Mississippi; Boulder, Colorado; Bradenton, Florida;Columbia, South Carolina; Columbus, Georgia; Duluth, Minnesota; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Gary, Indiana; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Lexington, Kentucky; Long Beach, California; Milledgeville, Georgia; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Palm Beach County, Florida; State College, Pennsylvania; Tallahassee, Florida; Wichita, Kansas

    National Initiatives

    Our National Initiatives program seeks to accelerate and amplify the work we do in communities by identifying opportunities in common, and ideas that can be shared across communities. Current areas of focus include:

    • Smart cities: Harnessing the growth of digital technology to improve how communities respond, connect to and engage with residents;
    • Public Spaces: Investing in spaces such as parks, trails, libraries to engage and connect residents to each other and to the places where they live, such as through our multi-city initiative, Reimagining the Civic Commons. Additionally, our Knight Public Spaces Fellowship supports exemplary leaders who transform the way we think about and use public spaces in the communities where we live.

    Our national program also responds to opportunities that emerge from the 26 cities where we work. 

    Community And National Initiatives Staff

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    Sam Gill

    VP/Communities and Impact and Senior Adviser to the President

    Photo of Lilian Coral

    Lilian Coral

    Director/National Strategy + Technology Innovation

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    Gail Roper

    Director/National Initiatives

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    Lilly Weinberg

    Director/Community Foundations

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    Kyle Kutuchief


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    Charles Thomas


    Photo of Nathaniel L. Wallace

    Nathaniel L. Wallace


    Photo of Lynn Murphey

    Lynn Murphey


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    Raul Moas


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    Ellen Hwang


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    Christopher Thompson

    Director/San Jose

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    Jai Winston

    Director/St. Paul

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    Carolina Garcia-Navarro

    Assistant to the Vice President/Communities and Impact

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    Alisa Evans


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    Pam Smith


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    Anna Richards


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    Jon Belgrad


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    Anwyn Hurxthal

    Associate/San Jose

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    Phuong O'Neil

    Assistant/St. Paul

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    Jacqueline Olivas-Sison

    Assistant/National Initiatives and Information Technology

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    Michelle Woodward

    Assistant/Community Foundations

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    Jen Vliet