Key Network Staff

David Eichenthal, Executive Director

Patrick Jordan, Deputy Executive Director for Operations, Management, and Engagements

Neil Kleiman, Deputy Executive Director for Policy, Research, and Evaluation 

Erika C. Poethig, Senior Advisor

Nina Bennett, Assessments Coordinator

Jessica Johnston 

Todd Fawley-King 

 

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David Eichenthal

David Eichenthal, Executive Director

David Eichenthal is Executive Director of the National Resource Network and a Managing Director with the PFM Group’s Management and Budget Consulting practice. He works on projects nationwide to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal government clients, with a focus on fiscal turnarounds.

Prior to joining PFM, Mr. Eichenthal served as President and CEO of the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies, a non-profit policy research institute that works with local governments, foundations and non-profit organizations in the Southeast and across the nation. He was also a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.

Mr. Eichenthal served in a series of senior positions in local government over fifteen years in both Chattanooga and New York. As City Finance Officer and Director of Performance Review for the City of Chattanooga, he oversaw implementation of one of the nation’s first 311 systems and creation of a citywide performance management initiative. Mr. Eichenthal chaired the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation, the Regional Interagency Council on Homelessness and the General Pension Plan Board of Directors.

In New York, Mr. Eichenthal was Chief of Staff to the Public Advocate, the city’s second highest elected official. He also held senior positions with the School Construction Authority and the City Comptroller’s office.

Mr. Eichenthal is the co-author of The Art of the Watchdog: Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Government (SUNY Excelsior Press, 2014), cited by The New York Times as “required reading for any government executive.”  Mr. Eichenthal is also a Senior Research Fellow at the New York University School of Law Center for Research in Crime and Justice. He received his J.D. at the New York University School of Law and a B.A. degree from the University of Chicago in Public Policy Studies, cum laude. 

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Patrick Jordan

Patrick Jordan, Deputy Executive Director for Operations, Management, and Engagements

Patrick Jordan is Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Management, and Engagements for the National Resource Network. In this capacity, he is responsible for day-to-day operations, administration, and finance and for overseeing assessment and direct assistance activity. He also manages fundraising and communications for the Network.

Mr. Jordan directs Enterprise’s Advisory Services field team, delivering capacity building and technical assistance to state and local governments and their nonprofit partners, fostering innovation in housing and community development program design, finance, operations and strategic planning.  Currently, the field team administers more than 30 engagements through HUD-funded cooperative agreements in excess of $25 million, focused on assistance to communities facing economic and capacity challenges.  

Previously, Mr. Jordan worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), focused on national policy development incorporating local best practices into national models and building capacity of distressed communities to understand and address their local housing markets. At HUD, he was integral in developing data-driven, place-based, decision making tools for tracking cross-programmatic performance and compliance. 

Mr. Jordan began his career in community development after founding RE:HAB, Inc., a community development corporation in Washington, DC, that renovated homeless shelters, administered a local GED program, and conducted catalytic, volunteer-driven, neighborhood beautification projects.  Patrick earned a Juris Doctor and public policy certificate from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and a bachelor's in physics and mathematics from Gettysburg College.

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Neil Kleiman

Neil Kleiman, Deputy Executive Director for Policy, Research, and Evaluation 

Neil Kleiman is Deputy Executive Director of Policy, Research, and Evaluation for the National Resource Network. In this capacity he manages the Network’s public policy, research, and evaluation activities. He also plays a key role in the Network’s R&D on new initiatives and outreach to strategic partners.

Dr. Kleiman is also a professor of practice and Director of the Wagner Innovation Labs at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. The Labs host a series of policy experiments that marry theory and practice to promote informed, evidence-based decision-making in a complex world. At the Labs, Dr. Kleiman has established projects with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Citibank, and the New Cities Foundation. 

Dr. Kleiman was previously the Director of Policy and Research at Living Cities, a collaborative of the nation's largest foundations and corporate philanthropies, where he was responsible for developing and advancing the organization's policy agenda. In 2008, in partnership with the Kennedy School at Harvard University, he helped to create the Project on Municipal Innovation, which is currently the only forum in the country where mayoral advisors meet to learn about and begin implementing innovative policy reforms.

Dr. Kleiman began his career as the founding director of the Center for an Urban Future, a New York City-based think tank. The group has been the source of transition ideas for numerous mayoral and gubernatorial candidates and administrations, and is widely credited with providing the framework for new approaches to local governance including: a more comprehensive cultural strategy; the merger of workforce and economic development functions; and an enhanced tech-focused approach to job growth.

Dr. Kleiman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has taught urban politics at Barnard College and John Jay College-CUNY and been a visiting fellow at Williams College. And in 2013, he was an evaluator for the Harvard University Innovations in Government awards program.

 

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Erika C. Poethg

Erika C. Poethig, Senior Advisor

Erika C. Poethig is Senior Advisor to the National Research Network. In this capacity she provides advice to the Network’s leadership on strategy, policy, and evaluation. She also supports the Network’s fundraising activities and outreach to strategic partners.

Ms. Poethig is also Institute Fellow an Director of Urban Policy Initiatives at the Urban Institute. She recently served as acting assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she led 150 staff responsible for research, policy analysis and program development assistance, and information collection and analysis on housing needs, economic conditions, and housing market conditions at the regional, metropolitan, and local levels. She was also a leading architect of the White House Council for Strong Cities and Strong Communities. Ms. Poethig has also served as deputy assistant secretary for policy development.

At the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ms. Poethig was associate director for affordable housing. She also served as assistant commissioner for policy, resource and program development at the City of Chicago's Department of Housing. In the late 1990s, she developed Mayor Daley's campaign to combat predatory lending, prevent foreclosures, and stabilize communities. She also led city support for a newly created state-issued tax credit for donations to not-for-profit organizations developing affordable housing. Previously, she was associate project director of the Metropolis Project, which produced the Metropolis 2020 agenda for regional leadership around the major issues faced by the metropolitan Chicago area.

Ms. Poethig was a Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna, and graduated with honors with a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.

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Nina Bennett

Nina Bennett, Assessments Coordinator

Nina Bennett leads assessment efforts and engagements for the National Resource Network.  In this capacity, she evaluates cities’ core challenges and helps to develop customized technical assistance plans designed to catalyze revitalization.  She also serves as a Senior Analyst in PFM’s Management and Budget Consulting practice in the Philadelphia office, where she works on operational efficiency studies and multi-year financial plans for cities across the country.  Most recently, Ms. Bennett has helped the community in Bellingham, Washington to evaluate the possible economic ramifications of a proposed coal export port.

Before joining PFM, Ms. Bennett worked at an economic development consulting firm, where she provided data-driven technical assistance to cities and counties throughout northern California and the Central Valley.  She helped municipalities develop long-range economic development strategies, created innovative transit-oriented development plans for low-density cities, and assessed the financial feasibility of publicly-funded projects, from affordable housing to public gathering places.  In 2014, the American Planning Association’s Sacramento Chapter awarded its Excellence in Economic Development and Planning Award to her downtown revitalization plan for Oroville, CA, praising the plan as both practicable and transformative.  

Previously, Ms. Bennett served as a Research Fellow at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Community Innovation, where she produced evaluations of local HUD-funded housing programs and conducted research into transitioning neighborhoods during the foreclosure crisis.  She also worked on a   campaign to create a Property-Based Downtown Business Improvement District (PBID) in the City of Berkeley, CA.  Ms. Bennett began her career at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, analyzing innovative ways to redesign federally-funded programs so as to better meet the needs of rural communities.

Ms. Bennett holds a Masters in City Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of California Berkeley and a B.A. degree in Public Policy Studies with high honors from the University of Chicago. She is a Harry S. Truman Scholar. 

Jessica Johnston

Jessica Johnston 

Jessica Johnston oversees the Network's website - including the Technical Assistance Clearinghouse, Resource Library, and responses to 311 for Cities requests - and the implementation of the Network's peer learning strategy. 

Ms. Johnston also serves as ICMA’s Program Director for Sustainability and Climate Change. Jessica joined ICMA in early 2013 to manage the USAID funded CityLinks program. Based on the premise that cities learn best from each other, Jessica has been working with community leaders from across the globe to facilitate dialogues and record promising practices around climate resilience. As a strong believer in the power of locally led action, Jessica has worked with communities across the US, Australia, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean to facilitate tailored solutions to pressing climate related challenges. Since joining ICMA Jessica has also directed knowledge management and communications efforts for USAID related to sustainable urbanization.

Prior to ICMA, Jessica worked with several nonprofits to support a wide range of international and domestic projects focused on supporting local service delivery. Jessica has a Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, where she was named a fellow with the Council of Women World Leaders. Jessica also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan and has a BA from Chapman University in Peace and Conflict Studies

Todd Fawley-King

Todd Fawley-King

Todd Fawley-King

Todd Fawley-King combines expertise in urban planning with experiences in economic development and strategy consulting to help clients realize maximum project value. Mr. Fawley-King helps lead engagements for the National Resource Network, analyzing demographic and economic trends to help understand cities’ core challenges.

Prior to joining HR&A, Mr. Fawley-King was a strategy consultant at the Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he worked with multiple government ministries to improve public services and implement cross-cutting new initiatives. Previously, he worked for Tetra Tech DPK supporting an effort to increase access to legal counsel and representation for at-risk populations in Iraq. Mr. Fawley-King has numerous consulting experiences, including writing a case-study of an initiative providing small-holder Zambian farmers with business training for CARE International; evaluating the supply and raw materials needs of micro-entrepreneurs in Guadalajara, Mexico for the social enterprise Prospera; and developing policy recommendations to increase the use of clean-technology motor vehicles in California for the environmental advocacy organization CALSTART.

Mr. Fawley-King holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.