Purpose Built Communities creatively marshals resources and partnerships to empower communities to address the roots of intergenerational poverty.
The Purpose Built model was pioneered in the mid-1990s with the successful transformation of the East Lake neighborhood in Atlanta. As word of East Lake’s success spread, philanthropic civic leaders expressed interest. Purpose Built Communities was established in 2009 to replicate the East Lake model in other urban areas of concentrated poverty around the nation. Investor Warren Buffett and former hedge fund manager Julian Robertson joined Tom Cousins in backing the organization.
Today, Purpose Built Communities is working to contribute to holistic revitalization in some of our country’s most distressed neighborhoods. Purpose Built works with 28 existing Network Members across the country as they lead comprehensive redevelopment initiatives. There are an additional 39 communities in the pipeline. The model is a three-pronged approach to change with high-quality mixed-income housing, a cradle-to-college education pipeline and community wellness programs, all guided by a leadership group. Together, they create a holistic approach to transform communities and end a cycle of intergenerational poverty.
Purpose Built Communities is needed now more than ever in the United States.
In the face of a national conversation on race, structural racism that is built into many of our institutions and systems, equality and equity, Purpose Built is uniquely situated to move the country from conversations to actionable steps. Many communities continue to be trapped in the deadly cycle of intergenerational poverty and have little hope. Purpose Built, through its place-based model, has the opportunity to bring practical and lasting solutions to communities across America.
The CEO will work in partnership with the Board to create an exceptional, national Board and to refine a strategic approach to achieving the organization’s goals of driving outcomes at existing network sites as well as future sites, with the ultimate goal of advancing its mission and maximizing impact.
The Diversified Search Group & Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this engagement. Alison Ranney, Cheryl Stevens, Dale Jones, and Alison Salisbury are the team for this search. To make recommendations or to express interest in this role please email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.