Inspiring Better Cities

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.

Our Staff

  • Diana Lind

    Executive Director and Editor in Chief

    Diana 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 Cohen

    Executive Editor

    Prior to joining Next City, Ariella co-founded and helped direct the Gulf Coast region’s first online investigative news outlet, The Lens. In 2010, her reporting for The Lens on the use and abuse of Hurricane Katrina recovery funds won The Press Club of New Orleans’ highest honors for investigative reporting and best overall feature writing. She has also written for The Daily Beast, Al Jazeera America, The Brooklyn Paper and other publications. She is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A., Creative Writing and Politics).

  • Moira Baylson

    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.

  • Anthony Smyrski

    Creative Director

    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.

  • Will Doig

    International Editor

    Based in New York City, Will edits and oversees the Informal City Dialogues blog posts and related Forefront stories. 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).

  • Cassie Owens

    Assistant Editor

    Cassie graduated from Brown University (B.A., Comparative Literature) before spending a Fulbright year in Brazil. There, she researched the literature of Brazilian slums, interviewing authors in Rio and São Paulo. She earned her Master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Cassie was a contributor to Philadelphia City Paper where she covered music, film and culture.

  • Liz Maillie

    Programming and Development Manager

    Along with creating and implementing Next City’s Philadelphia-based event series, Liz coordinates programs in cities across the country, including the annual Vanguard conference. She also supports organizational development through various fundraising efforts. Prior to joining the staff in November 2012, Liz worked for The Pew Charitable Trusts. Liz is co-founder and vice president of Friends of the Rail Park.

  • Bill Bradley


    Bill writes The Equity Factor column and is based in Brooklyn. Previously, Bill was a features writer at The Daily . His writing has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, and Vanity Fair, among others. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in creative writing and Spanish. Follow him on Twitter @billbradley3.

  • Nancy Scola


    Nancy writes The Shared City column. Her work on the intersections of technology and politics has been published by The American Prospect, Capital, Columbia Journalism Review, New York, Reuters, Salon, Science Progress, Seed, and other publications. She is a correspondent on technology and politics for The Atlantic. She’s talked about governing, campaigns, political organizing, technology policy, digital media and more on the BBC,, MSNBC, and WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”

  • Stephen J. Smith


    Stephen is Next City’s infrastructure reporter and lead writer of The Works column. Stephen has written for Forbes, Bloomberg View, and, most recently, the New York Observer. He is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.

  • Derek Hogue

    Web Developer

    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.

How We Change Cities

We’re perfecting a model for transforming cities and the lives of the people who live in them.

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    Identify innovations in cities.

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    Tell the stories of people creating change and how it’s happening.

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    Connect those stories with communities online and on the ground.

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    Elevate leaders and share the best ideas at events around the world.

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    Foster the next generation of urban leaders, changemakers and dreamers.

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Who We Reach

Next City connected the people who make up the social, economic and cultural fabric of our cities.

  • Community leaders and advocates
  • Non-profits
  • Academics and students
  • Local and federal government
  • Business and civic leaders