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All-In Cincinnati

All-In Cincinnati aims to deepen, amplify, and multiply local and regional efforts to build equitable, thriving neighborhoods. We can create a more vibrant place to live, work, and play for all in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. 

Educate. Motivate. Move. 

Introducing a Research-Based, Intentional Approach to Creating Sustainable Economic Growth and Prosperity.

Read the report to the community:

equity Is the Path to Inclusive Prosperity

Are You All-In?

Thanks to all of you who attended our Educate. Motivate. Move. event on October 19, 2018. Over 200 people to the National Underground Freedom Center last week to discuss the important work ahead for our community. Dr. Michael McAfee and James Crowder of PolicyLink both gave moving presentations about the importance of now. Then we heard from a panel of 6 incredible women of color about how they overcame obstacles and have redefined success.

Are you ready to take the next step in committing to the All-In Cincinnati effort?

1. Read the report. Still need a copy? Download it here.

2. Lift up the policy recommendations where you work, worship and/or among friends and neighbors.

3. Join us at the next All-In Cincinnati coalition meeting.

One City, Two Realities

Zoom in on a snapshot of a city on the rise. You'll see a city home to more Fortune 500 headquarters per capita than New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago. A city regularly listed as a top destination for economic potential, young professionals, arts organizations and innovation hubs. A city rich in intellectual capital with an abundance of universities, healthcare organizations and a steady influx of talent.

Welcome to the bright side of Cincinnati and the region it supports, a place where record-breaking chicken dances draw millions, and professional sports teams put the skyline on prime time every season.

Now, cut to another snapshot of that same city, but from a very different angle. Among the highest child poverty rates per capita in the nation, with four out of every 10 children fighting to escape a low-income trap that statisticians give them a 5 percent chance of leaving behind. 

This is also Cincinnati, a place where African-American children are three times more likely to live in poverty than their white counterparts. A place where more children over time are living in more segregated neighborhoods. A place where racial wage gaps are the highest among the most educated, with white workers with college degrees earn an average of $5 more per hour than their equally educated black peers.

We Rise Together

We know two things.

One: The first snapshot, that city on the rise, won’t keep rising. It can’t continue, not sustain its trajectory under the weight of the second snapshot. 

Two: As great as that first snapshot seems, it would be crisper, clearer, brighter and richer if its people took real action to harness the energy and talents of all of its residents, to have difficult conversations and bridge real divides, to find common ground, and to rise together in pursuit of equity.

Equity is not just about fairness and social justice. Equity drives economic growth—smart and sustainable growth. Equity is about working together, honestly and openly, to create a new, single snapshot of a city where everyone has a spot to fill and an active role to play.

The experts at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute, say the story of Cincinnati is familiar. They see similar stunning inequities threatening breakthrough cities all across the country. Equity—or the just and fair inclusion in a society that allows all to participate, prosper and reach their full potential—takes work. Equity entails directly confronting and countering systemic barriers and institutional exclusions that hold people back, no matter their backgrounds. 

Embracing equity means embracing the idea that a person’s life chances aren’t determined by race, ethnicity, gender, nativity, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, zip code or family income.

Cincinnati, we are ready to pave the road to equity. We’re confident we can get there. But we need your help. And we need you to go all-in.

"During this moment of resurgence, cities must act to firmly connect their low-income people and communities of color to the new economy and its needs for fresh ideas, ingenuity, and skilled workers—and ensure they have the opportunity to stay in their neighborhoods and cities as they improve."

-PolicyLink. Read more in PolicyLink's All-In Cities framework [PDF].

Join the Movement

Equity is a superior growth strategy. Our region cannot reach its full economic potential without closing the economic and social gap for all citizens. All-In Cincinnati aims to deepen, amplify, and multiply local and regional efforts to build equitable, thriving neighborhoods. We can create a more vibrant place to live, work, and play for all in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. 

We’re committed to our region and believe in pulling resources together to have a greater impact. We are ready to shape the future where everyone thrives. We hope you will join us.

Interested in joining the All-In Cincinnati? Contact us at

Our People

All-In Cincinnati Core Team

Equity Core Team

  • Kristen Baker, Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
  • Elizabeth Bartley, Invest in Neighborhoods
  • Jena’ Bradley, United Way of Greater Cincinnati 
  • Amber Brown, Education Advocate 
  • Markiea Carter, City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development 
  • Eileen Cooper Reed, Intersections 
  • Michael Coffey, Greater Cincinnati Foundation 
  • Meghan Cummings, The Women’s Fund at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation 
  • Jennifer Ingram, Calibrated Lens
  • Chara Jackson, Cincinnati Preschool Promise
  • Dr. Camille Jones, Health Advocate 
  • Chandra Mathews-Smith, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Rachel Foote McKinney, Interact for Health 
  • Iris Roley, Black United Front
  • Rickell Smith, Center for Social Justice at the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
  • Rick Williams, Housing Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati 
  • Ashlee Young, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio 

Funder Representatives

Funder Representatives

  • Michael Coffey, Greater Cincinnati Foundation

  •  Eric DeWald, HealthPath Foundation

  •  Chandra Mathews-Smith, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

  •  Jena Bradley, United Way of Greater Cincinnati 

  •  Rachel McKinney, Interact for Health

We Need You!

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Review Our Values

  1. We are building an equitable, diverse and inclusive community.
  2. We need to have a consistent and persistent voice for equity in the broader community and challenge others to rise. 
  3. We are ensuring that those most affected by inequities are co-creators.
  4. We work with humility and courage and are willing to take risks. 
  5. We are flexible, adaptive, and transparent. 
  6. We are vulnerable with one another in order to grow, learn, and build trust. 
  7. We struggle together and grow in unity through empathy and warmth.
  8. Our commitment to action requires both leading and following. 
  9. We will consistently turn the mirror on ourselves and exist within the discomfort that it creates.
  10. We value data-informed decision-making.

Access Additional Resources

Raj Chetty, professor of  Economics at Stanford University led the Equality of Opportunity Project. The project's mission is to develop scalable policy solutions that will empower families to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes. The aim to harness the power of big data to learn from areas where the American Dream is still thriving.

The Child Poverty Collaborative is an initiative designed to address the unacceptable rates of child poverty in Cincinnati. 

Design Impact is a nonprofit social innovation firm that uses design to address pressing community issues, equip leaders, and inspire communities.

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®. Learn more about the work of PolicyLink, our research partner:

The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities is a comprehensive report published by the Greater Cincinnati Urban League and its parent, the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. The report examines race-based disparities in education, the economy, criminal justice, housing, health, and inclusion. 

The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is the region’s expert on the status of women’s economic self-sufficiency with the PULSE Studies. 

Xavier University Community Building Institute helps communities organize their own redevelopment by tapping into the passion of their residents and identifying the physical assets of their neighborhoods.

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Learn more about the work of PolicyLink, our research partner:


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