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APHI Nexus 2021

The Traits of Thriving Neighborhoods

Moving the needle on economic mobility starts with understanding the factors that determine outcomes. In this presentation, I will explore data on economic mobility by neighborhood, discuss which factors best explain the geographic variation we observe, and then use those factors as a framework to identify where action is most needed.


A.J. Calhoun

MA, MPP, Senior Manager, Data and Evaluation, Leading on Opportunity


AJ is the Senior Manager of Data and Evaluation at Leading on Opportunity, a Charlotte organization that has a systemic approach to addressing the key determinants of early care and education, college and career readiness, and child and family stability, while simultaneously focusing on the cross-cutting factors of segregation and social capital. He has 5 years of experience applying rigorous, human-centered policy design and evaluation methodologies to the challenges of economic mobility. His work and research have taken him to 30+ countries to partner with groups such as Airbnb, World Resources Institute, Chicago Community Trust, and the Consultive Group to Assist the Poor at the World Bank. Prior to joining Leading on Opportunity, AJ was a research fellow at United Way of Central Carolinas where he supported a coalition of local funders including Knight Foundation, Foundation For The Carolinas, and Bank of America to develop Healthy Affordable Communities, a strategic plan for disrupting displacement across Mecklenburg County.

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