Editorial Team

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Mark Joseph, Ph.D. is the Leona Bevis and Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor of Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities. His research and teaching focus on comprehensive community-based approaches to addressing urban poverty. His current focus is mixed-income development as an anti-poverty strategy, with particular attention to transforming public housing developments. He is the co-author of Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation. He co-founded the consulting group Triple Aim Impact to support the design and implementation of inclusive mixed-income communities. He received his Ph.D. from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University.


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Amy T. Khare, Ph.D. is a scholar activist who has worked for twenty years as both a practitioner and researcher in the field of affordable housing and community development. She serves as the Research Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities and a Research Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. She is leading applied research projects, as well as providing technical assistance for city governments, developers, and public housing authorities in several cities. Khare is completing a book provisionally titled: Poverty, Power and Profit: Racism and Inequality in Chicago’s Public Housing Reforms. Most recently, Khare completed The Cost of Segregation study, with the Urban Institute and Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council, which quantifies the economic costs of racial and economic segregation and advances policy recommendations. She earned her doctorate from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago in 2016.


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Leila Fiester is an independent consultant whose training and experience span the fields of cultural anthropology, journalism, program evaluation, policy analysis, and philanthropic practice. In 2000, she began a consulting practice that focuses on reporting, writing, research, and organizational learning for private foundations, institutes, and coalitions involved in social issues and solutions, especially those that touch on vulnerable populations and communities. Before 2000, Leila was a senior associate of Policy Studies Associates, a research and evaluation firm in Washington, DC that specializes in education programs for low-income and otherwise underserved children and youth. She also held a series of reporting jobs, including a staff position at The Washington Post. Leila has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Macalester College and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland. She lives in Frederick, MD.


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Sherise McKinney is a Research Assistant at the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities. She coordinates projects aimed at promoting successful mixed-income communities in Cleveland through the creation and implementation of strategies designed to foster strong community ties, with an emphasis on building relationships across lines of difference. Sherise holds a BSW from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Science in Social Administration from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.


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Emily Miller is a Program Manager and Research Assistant at the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities. She manages a number of consulting and applied research projects, ranging from federal evaluations to community-based interventions. Emily also helps lead work for the Mixed-Income Strategic Alliance, NIMC’s formal partnership with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Urban Strategies, Inc., that aims to accelerate progress toward equitable, inclusive mixed-income communities through supporting and collaborating with local stakeholders. Emily earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from DePauw University and her Master of Science in Social Administration from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.