The inaugural round of the Boston Fed's Working Cities Challenge was launched in May 2013, with six cities—Lawrence, Fitchburg, Chelsea, Holyoke, Salem, and Somerville—awarded a combined $1.8 million in grant awards in January 2014. Four of those six cities were awarded multiyear grants, while two received seed awards. The cities have made tremendous progress in their efforts, and work is ongoing.
In the first round of the Working Cities Challenge, 20 cities with median family income below the median level, a poverty rate above the median level, and a population exceeding 35,000 (excluding Boston) were eligible for the Working Cities Challenge. See first round eligibility data for all cities.
- Tynesia Boyea-Robinson - Director of Collective Impact, Living Cities
- Prabal Chakrabarti - Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- Elyse Cherry - Chief Executive Officer, Boston Community Capital
- Maggie Super Church - Independent Consultant, Independent Consultant, Board Chair, Groundwork USA
- Kelsey Cintolo - Research Analyst, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership
- Danielle Duplin - Vice President of Innovation, Fidelity Investments
- Ben Forman - Research Director, MassInc.
- Jeff Fuhrer - Executive Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- Jim Gomes – Director, Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University
- Robin Hacke - Advisor to the CEO, Living Cities
- Tamar Kotelchuck - Director, Working Cities Initiatives, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- Marty Jones - President and CEO, MassDevelopment
- Jen Murphy - Assistant Secretary for Gateway Cities, Massachusetts Exec. Office of Housing and Economic Development
- Dan O'Connell – President, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership
- Tom Pappas - Loan Fund President, Move the World Foundation
- Chris Pinney - Senior Vice President, The Alliance for Business Leadership
- Susan Schlesinger – President, The Life Initiative
- Michelle Volpe - Loan Fund President, Boston Community Capital
- Richard Walker - Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston