Community And National Initiatives

Program Area

Supporting successful, inclusive cities


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    What We Fund

    We believe that informed and engaged communities are the building blocks of a successful democracy, and that successful communities are equitable, inclusive and participatory.

    Through our Community and National Initiatives program, we invest in ideas to:

    • Attract and nurture talent: by supporting and networking diverse leaders from all sectors.
    • Enhance opportunity: by building inclusive pathways to economic prosperity.
    • Foster civic engagement: by enabling people to contribute to – and take an active part in – the life of their community.

    We focus on 26 cities where the Knight brothers once published newspapers. We’re particularly mindful of the relationship our founders had with Akron, where they started out, and Miami, where they based their business and foundation.

    As a national foundation with deep local roots, we work locally, and then share successful ideas across communities.

    Cities with Knight Foundation offices

    Knight program directors are your first point of contact in eight large and mid-sized cities where we have offices:

    Akron, Ohio, Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, Macon, Georgia, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, California, St. Paul, Minnesota

    Community Foundations Program

    Knight works in 18 small to mid-sized communities in partnership with local community foundations. Learn more about this program.

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    Aberdeen, South Dakota; Biloxi, Mississippi; Boulder, Colorado; Bradenton, Florida;Columbia, South Carolina; Columbus, Georgia; Duluth, Minnesota; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Gary, Indiana; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Lexington, Kentucky; Long Beach, California; Milledgeville, Georgia; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Palm Beach County, Florida; State College, Pennsylvania; Tallahassee, Florida; Wichita, Kansas

    Community And National Initiatives Staff

    Photo of Sam Gill

    Sam Gill

    VP/Communities and Impact and Senior Adviser to the President

    Photo of Lilian Coral

    Lilian Coral

    Director/National Strategy + Technology Innovation

    Photo of Lilly Weinberg

    Lilly Weinberg

    Director/Community Foundations

    Photo of Kyle Kutuchief

    Kyle Kutuchief


    Photo of Charles Thomas

    Charles Thomas


    Photo of Katy Locker

    Katy Locker


    Photo of Lynn Murphey

    Lynn Murphey


    Photo of Raul Moas

    Raul Moas


    Photo of Patrick J. Morgan

    Patrick J. Morgan


    Photo of Daniel Harris

    Daniel Harris

    Director/San Jose

    Photo of Jai Winston

    Jai Winston

    Director/St. Paul

    Photo of Jennifer Watler

    Jennifer Watler

    Assistant to the Vice President/Communities & Impact

    Photo of Kelly Kehoe

    Kelly Kehoe

    Executive Assistant/Vice President Communities & Impact

    Photo of Bronlynn Thurman

    Bronlynn Thurman


    Photo of Christa Newkirk

    Christa Newkirk


    Photo of Pam Smith

    Pam Smith


    Photo of Anna Richards

    Anna Richards


    Photo of Emani Jerome

    Emani Jerome


    Photo of Brittnie Knight

    Brittnie Knight


    Photo of Anwyn Hurxthal

    Anwyn Hurxthal

    Associate/San Jose

    Photo of Phuong O'Neil

    Phuong O'Neil

    Assistant/St. Paul

    Photo of Michelle Woodward

    Michelle Woodward


    Photo of Jacqueline Olivas-Sison

    Jacqueline Olivas-Sison

    Assistant/National Initiatives and Information Technology