We assemble teams of national experts with unique sets of skills and expertise

Abt Associates

a global research and program implementation firm specializing in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development.

Alaina Harkness

a former member of the RW Ventures team, now serving as the Executive Director of Current, a Chicago-based non-profit delivering innovations in advanced water research and technology.


a commercial real estate services firm offering tenant representation, corporate real estate services, consulting services, facilities management, and investment services.

Almy, Gloudemans, Jacobs & Denne

a property tax and assessment consulting partnership that advises government and related institutions on a range of policy, technical, planning, process and training issues.


an international science and technology enterprise that explores emerging areas of science, develops and commercializes technology, and manages laboratories for customers.

Bishop Land Design

a collaborative design studio that utilizes the practice of landscape architecture to design and execute hybridized living systems, infrastructures, and places that have multi-functional uses and agendas over time.

Bookman Associates, LLC

a consulting firm serving public, private, and nonprofit organizations and businesses in community and economic development, management, planning, and real estate development.

BCT Partners

a management, technology and policy consulting firm that works with government agencies, corporations, non profit organizations, foundations, and educational institutions.

Brian Tell Consulting

a consulting firm providing business development, market research, asset mapping, communications and project management services for private- and social-sector clients.


a consulting firm specializing in social enterprise planning, nonprofit consulting, social investing, and corporate community partnerships.

The Brookings Institution

a non-profit public policy organization, the Metropolitan Policy Program of which provides decision makers with timely trend analysis, cutting-edge research and policy ideas for improving the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitan areas.

Brophy & Reilly, LLC

a consulting firm specializing in urban redevelopment, with a focus on weak-market cities and neighborhoods.

Capraro Consulting Services

a consulting firm specializing in community organizing and comprehensive development.


a commercial real estate firm offering a full range of services for property owners, occupiers and investors.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.

Chicago TREND

a social enterprise providing a suite of services to real estate developers, retailers and community development organizations seeking to better understand the trajectories of Chicago neighborhoods and invest in profitable retail projects that can drive transformative change.

Christopher Berry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.

Civic Consulting Alliance

a consulting firm that fields pro bono teams of business experts and government leaders to improve public administration and services in and for the City of Chicago and the surrounding region.

Colleen Hernandez Consulting

a consulting firm specializing in grassroots community building, community and organizational development and affordable housing.

Econsult Solutions

a firm providing economic consulting services to assist business and public policy decision makers.

Elevate Energy

a non-profit dedicated to designing and managing programs that help control energy costs and make households and communities more energy-efficient.

Farsite Group

a team of data scientists and retail experts that builds statistical models to enable informed decision making and effective retail strategy development.

Forum Analytics

a consulting firm with expertise in consumer based business strategy, planning, and development.

Gatz & Associates

a consulting firm with a record of success in designing and implementing complex strategies for community change.

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

a non-profit research and strategy organization that strengthens inner-city economies by providing businesses, governments and investors with comprehensive and actionable information about urban market opportunities.

Innovation Network for Communities

a national non-profit helping develop and spread scalable innovations through national- and place-based networks that focus on transforming community systems such as education, energy, land use, transportation and workforce development.

Instituto del Progreso Latino

an educational institution serving the immigrant and lower-income populations of the Chicago metropolitan area with workforce development, adult education, and English as a Second Language (ESL) training.

Integral Assets Consulting, Inc.

a for profit consulting company that provides strategic advice to for-profit, non-profit and social venture enterprises. Integral Assets specializes in innovation strategies for large-scale systems, with a focus on the intersection between private markets and the public good.

LCR Enterprises

a consulting firm providing services in management and technical assistance, capital formation, supply chain diversity, and corporate team building and management.

LISC Chicago

a nonprofit that organizes resources to support initiatives that will stimulate the comprehensive development of healthy, stable neighborhoods and foster their connection to the socioeconomic mainstream of the metropolitan region.

Mass Economics, LLC

a research and consulting firm that combines an expertise in business and economic data, analytics, modeling, and strategy with a commitment to equitable and inclusive growth in U.S. cities.

McKinsey and Co.

a global management consulting firm advising businesses, governments and institutions.

Michael He

a former member of the RW Ventures team, currently Principal Data Scientist at HERE Technologies in Chicago.

MK Communications, Inc.

a firm providing public strategy, media, advertising and community outreach for organizations, political candidates, government agencies and select corporations.

Noell Consulting Group

an independent real estate consulting firm offering “marketunistic“ advice.

North Atlantic Research

a consulting firm specializing in telecommunications, the Internet and electronic publishing.

O-H Community Partners

an economic development consulting firm focusing on small business, social impact innovation and analytics for clients seeking double- or triple-bottom- line results.

Pattern Recognition Systems

a database consulting and modeling firm specializing in forecasting and segmentation models.

Prim Lawrence Group

a community economic development and real estate consulting firm specializing in technical assistance for community based economic development strategies.

Riccardo Bodini

a former member of the RW Ventures team, currently working on new project development for the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) in Trento, Italy.


an entrepreneurial, full-service real estate development, development solutions and brokerage firm specializing in retail, urban and healthcare projects.

SRI International

an independent, nonprofit research center that works with clients to take the most advanced R&D from the laboratory to the marketplace.


a design firm that believes in the productive role of landscape in the making and re-making of cities and social spaces.


a full-service planning, architecture, and landscape architecture firm committed to developing sustainable places for future generations.

Urban Planning for the American City

a planning and design management practice working with public, private and nonprofit partnerships to re-imagine, reshape and rebuild Just cities and communities.

Urban Sustainability Associates (USA)

a national network of practitioners committed to advancing innovation in the application of sustainability strategies to urban centers. The network includes experts in economic development, environmental protection, energy planning, urban planning, transportation, workforce development, business strategy and finance and climate action.