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Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta is President and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership. She is leading the relaunch of a nonprofit to develop, manage and program six miles of riverfront and five park districts along the Mississippi River.

Ms. Coletta is on loan from The Kresge Foundation where she is a Senior Fellow in the foundation’s American Cities Practice.  She leads a $50+ million collaboration of national and local foundations, local nonprofits and governments to Reimagine the Civic Commons in five cities.  It is planned as the first comprehensive demonstration of how a connected set of civic assets—a civic commons—can yield increased and more widely share prosperity for cities and neighborhoods.

Prior to joining The Krege Foundation, Ms. Coletta was Vice President of Community and National Initiatives for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where she managed a portfolio of more than $60 million annually in grants and a team of 18 in 26 communities to drive success in cities.

She led the two-year start-up of ArtPlace, a unique public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the U.S. and was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities for seven years.

Previously, Ms. Coletta served as Executive Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, ran a Memphis-based public affairs consulting firm, Coletta & Company, and was host and producer of the nationally syndicated weekly public radio show Smart City. She continues producing conversations with urban leaders as a regular podcast, “Talking about Cities.”