A resource for research and information about mixed-income communities.


To be the nation’s central resource for research and information
about creating and sustaining mixed-income communities.


To help reduce urban poverty and promote successful mixed-income communities
by facilitating high-quality research and making information and evidence
easily available to policymakers and practitioners.

Roles and Services

• research and evaluation
• state of the field scans
• technical assistance and strategic consultation
• connecting researchers, practitioners and policymakers
• online mixed-income development database and library

Our Team


Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor in Community Development

Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

Faculty Associate, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

(216) 368-3426


Mark Joseph, PhD is the Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor of Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities. He received his Ph.D. from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and a Harlech Visiting Scholar at Oxford University. He received his undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University.

Joseph’s research focus is mixed-income development as a strategy for addressing urban poverty. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation. His center, the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, conducts research and consulting projects in Cleveland and around the country in cities that have included Austin, Chicago, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C. The center, which recently celebrated its fourth anniversary, is raising funds to be endowed as the Louise Cinthy Stokes Center on Inclusion and Equity.

Joseph is a member of the Board of Trustees of the George Gund Foundation and a member of an External Advisory Committee at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the journal Cityscape published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Community Practice and Housing Policy Debate.

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Research Assistant Professor

Research Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities


Amy Khare, PhD a Research Assistant Professor and Research Director for the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities. Her research focuses on urban poverty and inequality, with an emphasis on community development, housing and politics. She is particularly interested in strategies that promote inclusion, equity and justice within cities and communities. Khare’s methodological training is as an urban ethnographer, and her professional experiences working in social justice endeavors lay the foundation of her scholarly interests.

With the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC), Khare leads applied research studies and program evaluations. In addition, she provides consulting services to public, private and non-profit partners around the country. Khare is co-leading the development of an edited volume provisionally titled What Works to Promote Inclusive, Equitable MixedIncome, MixedUse Communities, published as part of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco series.

Khare is currently working on a book based on her mixed-methods dissertation study, Privatizing Chicago, which investigates the politics of urban redevelopment and public housing reforms. Most recently, Khare completed a study with Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council and the Urban Institute called the Cost of Segregation. This project quantifies the economic costs of racial and economic segregation and advances policy recommendations that promote equity and inclusion.

Khare received her doctorate from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration in 2016 and her MSW and BSW from the University of Kansas. Her research has been published in Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Cityscape. She also has written applied policy reports designed for diverse audiences. She previously worked for the Urban Institute. In 2015, Khare was honored by the Urban Affairs Association with the Emerging Scholar Award, presented to one doctoral candidate in the nation.

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Strategic DirectorNational Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

Taryn Gress, MSSA from Case Western Reserve University joined the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC) as Project Coordinator in 2012 to support the development and launch of NIMC in 2013. Taryn came to NIMC from The Civic Commons, a community and civic engagement organization serving Northeast Ohio. She’s also worked with Cleveland community-based nonprofit Slavic Village Development, America SCORES Cleveland, and The Ohio State University Extension in Cuyahoga County.

(216) 368-5359


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Program Manager, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities 

Emily Miller, MSSA from Case Western Reserve University, joined the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities in 2014 as a graduate student employee before becoming a Research Assistant and Project Coordinator. She has experience working in education as well as immigration and refugee services, and her research interests include community development, social development, and community building.



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Project Coordinator, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities 

Sherise McKinney, MSSA from Case Western Reserve University started with NIMC in 2016 during her graduate field placement in which she designed and implemented the community building model at the Commodore Place Apartments in Cleveland, Ohio.


(216) 368-2508

Morgan received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. Her research focuses on the design and practice of social inclusion, and the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in mixed-income communities. Morgan’s dissertation proposal won Weatherhead’s 2018 Outstanding Research Proposal Award and Morgan was nominated by her students for a teaching award for her course on Sustainability and Net Positive Impact. Morgan has worked for the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities throughout her doctoral education, and is currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow for the center.



Center Administrator, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities 

Diane Shoemaker, MFA in Painting from Ohio University and a Certificate of Non Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University, is the Department Administrator for the NIMC. Diane recently celebrated her 10th anniversary at CWRU. She moved to NIMC from her role as a prospect researcher in the university’s Advancement Services fundraising office. She has worked as a fine arts jeweler, an arts instructor, and exhibited her artwork for many years before transitioning to executive and administrative work in the nonprofit sector. She is a co-founder and former Board President of Art House in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood of Cleveland. She has also volunteered and worked for several arts organizations in the Cleveland area including The Cyrus Eaton Foundation, The Fine Arts Association; EIO Gallery; Dobama Theatre, Waterloo Arts, and she has hosted a two hour program on WRUW FM.

(216) 368-4396



Department Assistant,National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities 

Dawn Ellis, MA from Ursuline College has been with NIMC since 2016. She was most recently providing administrative support to WVIZ Ideastream and has worked in a variety of multi-cultural contexts in the U.S and internationally in New Zealand, India, France and England.



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Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Assistant Professor

Chair, Concentration in Community Practice for Social Change




Claudia Colton
Co-Director Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

Distinguished University Professor

Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research




Rob Fischer

Co-Director Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

Research Associate Professor




Francisca Richter
Research Assistant Professor

Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development




Elizabeth Anthony
Research Assistant Professor

Senior Research Associate, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development