Next City is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities by creating media and events around the world.
Our vision is for a world in which cities are not in crisis and are instead, leading the way towards a more sustainable, equitable future.
Next City provides daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the world. In addition to daily blog content, each week we publish a deeply reported long-form story. The series, Forefront, is available by web subscription or as an app on the Apple Newsstand. In addition to our online journalism, we produce events including an annual urban leadership conference, Vanguard.
Originally named The Next American City, the organization began publishing a quarterly magazine in 2003. What started as a black-and-white printed publication staffed by volunteers ultimately grew into a popular and influential magazine that reached 1 million people over the course of its 31 issues.
Next City deeply appreciates its current funders: Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Surdna Foundation, The Knight Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, as well as our many other generous donors across the country. Support Next City’s work by making a 100% tax-deductible donation today.
Executive Director & Editor in Chief
Diana joined Next City in 2008 as Editor in Chief and has overseen the publication’s evolution from a print magazine focused on American cities to a fully digital, global outlet. She was a 2011 Van Alen Institute Fellow and is the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design (Rizzoli, 2008). She graduated from Cornell University (B.A., English) and Columbia University (M.F.A., Creative Writing). Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Architectural Record and many other publications and her work with Next City has been profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Monocle and many other media outlets.
Ariella is an award-winning journalist with 10 years of experience reporting on cities. Prior to joining Next City, she reported on post-Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans for five years and worked as a news reporter in Brooklyn, New York. While in New Orleans, Ariella co-founded the region’s first online investigative news outlet, The Lens. Ariella has contributed writing to The Daily Beast, Al Jazeera America and other publications. She is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A., Creative Writing and Politics).
Chief Operating Officer
Moira joined Next City in January 2014. Previously Moira worked for the City of Philadelphia as Deputy Cultural Officer of the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy and prior to that as Manager, Cultural Development for the City’s Commerce Department. Moira has also worked for several nonprofit arts organizations and in the publishing field. Moira received her B.S. in Communication from Cornell University and her M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University.
From infrastructure to economic development to culture, Janine oversees Next City’s Daily content. Her experience includes gigs at an alternative medicine book publisher, an A&E weekly, and a daily newspaper. Most recently, she served as exec editor and online news editor at Philadelphia magazine, where she covered everything from elections to the city budget to real estate.
Tony has designed books and other projects for clients such as Thames and Hudson, Powerhouse, Steve Powers, the Pew Foundation, Deloitte and Federal Express. In 2005, he and Dan Murphy founded the experimental media project Megawords and were awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2012.
Urban Economics Fellow
Alexis is Next City’s urban economics fellow. She’s written about housing, pop culture, global music subcultures, and more for publications like Rolling Stone, SPIN, Shelterforce and MTV Iggy. She has a B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Audience Engagement Coordinator
Before joining Next City, Jeff was the Communications Director for Healthcare-NOW!, a carpenter, and a community member of Leavenhouse (a Catholic Worker community that provides food and housing for the homeless) in Camden, NJ. He has a B.A. in Urban Studies and Regional Planning from Rutgers University-Camden and a M.A. in Regional, Economic, and Social Development from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Derek has been building (and rebuilding) the Next City website since 2007 out of his humble abode in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In addition to building websites for a variety of folks from across the globe, he can also be found embarrassing himself on the Escape Velocity Radio podcast.
Jessica joined Next City in July 2014. She is currently pursuing her B.S. in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Public Management and Peace & Conflict Studies at West Chester University. Jess has worked with a variety of NPOs in the areas of conservation, youth empowerment, political engagement, and LGBT rights.
Based in New York City, Will edits and oversees the Resilient Cities column as well as all of Next City’s international content. Previously, he wrote the “Dream City” column for Salon, was a senior editor at The Daily Beast and served as the editor-in-chief of Nerve. His writing has appeared in New York, the Advocate, Out and many other publications. He graduated from George Washington University (B.A. American Studies).
We’ve developed a model for transforming cities and inspiring people who live in them.
Identify innovations in cities.
Tell the stories of people creating change and how it’s happening.
Connect those stories with communities online and on the ground.
Elevate leaders and share the best ideas at events around the world.
Foster the next generation of urban leaders, changemakers and dreamers.
Next City connected the people who make up the social, economic and cultural fabric of our cities.