Jane Jacobs Lecture

The Jane Jacobs Lecture explores the challenges of political and community leadership in the urban context. Speakers are selected for their expertise and practice of creating diverse and vital communities, particularly in urban areas. Senator Cory Booker (NJ), then the Mayor of Newark, delivered the inaugural Jane Jacobs Lecture.

Jane Jacobs

About Jane Jacobs

Urbanologist and architectural critic, Jane Jacobs (1916-2009) attended Columbia University's School of General Studies and became an associate editor at Architectural Forum magazine in 1952. The Death and Life of Great American Cities was her most well-known book (1961). Jacobs was also an activist and was arrested in 1968 after she disrupted a public meeting about the Lower Manhattan Expressway, a project she opposed. Jacobs moved to Toronto with her family in 1969 in part due to her objection to the Vietnam War. She quickly became an influential figure in Toronto and soon after her arrival helped to stop plans for the construction of the Spadina Expressway. Jacobs was nominated to the Order of Canada in 1996 for her work on urban development. Her last book, Dark Age Ahead, was published in 2004.

An extentive collection of Jane Jacobs' papers and work are currently housed in the Burns Library archives.



FALL 2021


Purpose Built Communities:
Changing Neighborhoods, Changing Lives

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6:00PM | Gasson 100


Carol Naughton

Carol Redmond Naughton is the Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving racial equity, economic mobility and health outcomes in communities across the country. Prior to the creation of Purpose Built Communities, she served as the Executive Director of the East Lake Foundation, the innovative nonprofit organization that serves as the “community quarterback organization” for the East Lake neighborhood. 

Ms. Naughton was also the General Counsel for Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) where she played an instrumental role in the revitalization of traditional public housing communities into economically viable, self-sustaining, mixed-income communities and was a key member of the leadership team that transformed AHA from a failing bureaucracy to a national leader in community development.

Ms. Naughton is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and Colgate University. She serves as the Chair of the Board of the Directors of the Low Income Investment Fund, a national community development financial institution with over a billion dollars invested in low income communities across the country.  She also serves on the national advisory board of the Build Healthy Places Network and is currently serving as an expert advisor to the Fannie Mae Sustainable Communities Challenge.

Michelle Matthews

Michelle L. Matthews joined Purpose Built Communities in 2016 as Senior Vice President after leading her own consulting company, Matthews Consulting Group (MCG), for more than a decade. She is a trusted advisor with more than 30 years of experience in organizational development, change management and consulting. 

Ms. Matthews’s guidance has enabled nonprofit organizations, such as Families First, the Task Force for Global Health, and Communities in Schools of Atlanta; educational institutions, such as Spelman College and Atlanta Public Schools; and numerous Fortune 500 companies, such as Delta Air Lines, Kimberly Clark and Georgia Pacific to implement strategic change and improve individual, team and organizational performance. Before founding MCG, Ms. Matthews was a senior manager for IBM, KPMG Consulting and Accenture.

Ms. Matthews is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning. She is also a board member for the Quality Care for Children. She graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College, with an economics degree.

Catalina Sibilsky

Catalina Sibilsky is the Vice President of Educational Initiatives at Purpose Built Communities (PBC) working toward a comprehensive cradle-to-college education strategy for each Purpose Built Communities Network Member. This work includes direct consultation with schools, districts, community quarterback organizations and boards on the implementation of a high quality education pipeline in a Purpose Built Community.

Additionally, Ms. Sibilsky works with the PBC consultant team to
strategize immediate and long term-planning for the implementation of a high quality educational programs resulting in strong academic outcomes for students in each phase of the Education Pipeline – Early Learning, Elementary, Middle and High School.

Ms. Sibilsky has worked with the PBC team since 2015 when she launched the Purpose Built Communities Principal Residency Program.  She has twenty-five years of experience working in urban public schools.  She has been a central office administrator, a school principal and a teacher in Atlanta.

Paul Reville

Moderator: Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a former Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

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Event is co-sponsored by the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action

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