by Alex Daniels

January 20, 2022

This article was published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. 

Before Joe Scantlebury became chief executive of Living Cities in September, he knew had a daunting task ahead.

An unnamed group of employees who had fled the nonprofit made it clear that they thought the organization needed a radical overhaul focused on removing racial bias from its operations.

In essays posted on the internet, the former employees excoriated Ben Hecht, the organization’s longtime CEO, for “downplaying a toxic and racist culture” at Living Cities, a nonprofit that works to reduce the racial wealth gap in U.S. cities.


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