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Meet Carol Coletta


This episode of the Innov8social Podcast features an interview with Carol Coletta, who serves as the Vice President of Community and National Initiatives at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

As you will  hear more from Carol, the Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, Carol Colettaadvance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.

Carol joined Knight Foundation in 2013 and has expertise in the development of cities.  She was the director of ArtPlace, a unique public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the United States. ArtPlace brings together major private foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, other federal agencies and major banks.  She is also a podcast and radio host, having interviewed over 900 urban and business experts as Host and Producer of public radio show “Smart City”.

Carol was also president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders. Previously, she served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and also ran a Memphis-based public affairs consulting firm, Coletta & Company, focused on civic issues.  

Tune in to hear about the Knight Foundation’s Cities Challenge and learn how to submit an idea that could win you and your team grant funding to support your idea to improve cities!

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More About Carol

More About Knight Foundation


More About Knight Cities Challenge: Applications Due Oct. 27

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  • Description: “The Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas from innovators who will take hold of the future of our cities. From a pool of $5 million we’re awarding grants at the city, neighborhood and block levels—and all sizes in between. No project is too small—so long as the idea is big.”    
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