As one of 17 national Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Fellows, Kathleen Fox contributes to the White House SC2 Initiative, launched to strengthen neighborhoods, cities and regions in some of the U.S.'s most challenged communities. SC2 supports local governments in developing and executing economic visions and strategies. Fox’s assignment is in the Mayor's Office in Youngstown, Ohio where she serves as Chief Administrative Officer and works to improve economic development, city service delivery and regional cooperation in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. The SC2 Fellowship cohort learns from each of the seven SC2 pilot cities (Youngstown, Detroit, Cleveland, Memphis, New Orleans, Fresno, Calif. and Chester, Pa.) through site visits. The SC2 Fellowship is led by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Previously, as director of the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, Fox worked with communities across Ohio, providing capital improvement funds and technical advice for creation, expansion and rehabilitation at non-profit theatres, museums, science-technology centers, historical sites and publicly-owned professional sports venues.
Following her Loeb Fellowship Fox explored the application of Behavioral Economics concepts to improve public and private decision systems in community planning and development through the graduate program in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation at Capital University Law School. She speaks on this subject as well as on the economic development impact of arts and cultural facilities.
Fox says, “The Loeb Fellowship continues to connect me with a national network of creative, innovative people whom I have drawn upon for insights into challenges in my work and volunteer endeavors.”