2016 Impact Report

Dear friends,

After 16 dedicated years leading this organization, Sandra M. Moore is leaving Urban Strategies in search of her next adventure. Though we all have heavy hearts seeing her go, we wish her well in her endeavors.

It is my great pleasure to share with you that I will take over as president in January. With more than 16 years at Urban Strategies, I have intimate knowledge of our work and am passionately connected to our cause. I’m thrilled to build upon the successes under Sandy’s leadership and I look forward to creating new initiatives and outlining a strategic vision to ensure that all families are stable and thriving.

I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize that our change in leadership comes at a time when our nation is experiencing changes at the top level of our government as well. Though our new president has campaigned on promises that might affect communities in which we serve, we see opportunity. Urban Strategies’ focus on family strengthening, workforce development, and promoting healthy communities is central to our success as a nation.

There is a lot of work to be done to achieve these lofty goals, but I know that—with the help of our dedicated partners and focusing on outcomes that ensure that our children and families are thriving—we will have the strength to continue to take on tough topics while achieving bold change.

Thank you for your support!

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Urban Strategies works in 29 neighborhoods across the country

Choice Neighborhood Implementation (CNI) Projects

Urban Strategies was selected as the grant recipient to provide education, health, and workforce development services for nearly half of the existing Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) projects across the country, including two of the first projects ever to be implemented. CNI is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, created to help communities revitalize distressed public or assisted housing by simultaneously investing in people and places.

Sacramento, CA – Twin Rivers

San Francisco, CA – Alice Griffith

Louisville, KY – Russell

New Orleans, LA – Iberville/Treme

St. Louis, MO – Near Northside (Murphy Park | O’Fallon Place/Preservation Square | The Brewery)

Columbus, OH – Poindexter Village

Pittsburgh, PA – Larimer/East Liberty

Memphis, TN – Foote Homes

San Antonio, TX – Wheatley Courts/Eastside


Sandra M. Moore has left an indelible legacy in disinvested and distressed communities nationwide. She has been the voice of hope for countless individuals, families, and communities in need. She believed in the vision of the organization — that if we focused on building places without building people at the same time, neither would be successful.

Sixteen years ago, Sandra M. Moore joined a small staff of others who had signed on to make this vision a reality; and sixteen years later, she led an organization of 70-80 employees with a $10.5-million budget.

Urban Strategies was founded in 1978 by Richard Baron as an opportunity to intentionally service and support the families that lived within the communities that were undergoing revitalization. During the beginning years, Urban Strategies conducted research and published work for entities like the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Ford Foundation as well as other foundations and stakeholders. Urban also assisted with supporting the needs of Public Housing residents during its formative years.

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With its finger on the pulse of the communities it serves, Urban Strategies provides essential support in the areas of employment, health, and education in order to strengthen and empower families.

Click on each image below to read more about the work Urban Strategies is doing across the country as we continue to take on tough topics while achieving bold change.

Education Partnerships

Workforce Partnerships

Health Partnerships

Housing Stability Partnerships


2016 Board of Directors

Richard Baron, Board Chair, Chairman, McCormack Baron Salazar
Paul Brophy, Principal, Brophy & Reilly LLC
Carl Lang, Attorney, Rosenblum, Goldenhersh, Silverstein & Zafft, P.C.
Karla McLucas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, Bennett College for Women
Ed Neppl, Chief Financial Officer, United States Tennis Association
Michael Sherraden, Professor, School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
Carrie Van Syckel, Former Vice President, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs
Hillary Zimmerman, President, McCormack Baron Asset Management, General Counsel

Executive Leadership

Esther Shin, President
Sandra M. Moore, outgoing President
Donovan Duncan, Senior Vice President
Isaac Dozier, Regional Vice President
Alecia Leonard, Regional Director
Lauren Brenner, Director of Compliance and Legal Affairs

Fiscal Year 2016

2016 Funders & Donors

Urban Strategies is supported by a range of public and private funding sources. These funds assist in the planning and implementation of human services and social connections that support residents in 29 disadvantaged communities across the country. We gratefully acknowledge our 2016 funders and donors who helped us to advance our mission, and to empower possibility for children, families and communities.

2016 Funders & Donors

Click to download the entire PDF-Urban Strategies 2016 Impact Report: Tough Topics. Bold Change. (3MB)