The Community Innovation Network (The Network) at Case Western Reserve University serves as the go-to resource for local, national, and international change agents. As a cross-sector network of community building experts, nonprofit organizations, researchers, and grassroots community organizers, The Network is a leader in community development research and practice, and connects and strengthens leaders in bridging the divide across people, organizations, and communities.


To promote community change by connecting communities with change agents and by increasing the knowledge, practices, and leadership in diverse approaches to community change.



The Community Innovation Network is housed in the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Our network includes many experts in community building and organizing, racial equity, and social action.


The Network is led by Dr. Mark Chupp, internationally recognized leader in conflict transformation, community building and organizing for social change and Heather Lenz, a specialist in program development and strategy planning focused on health, education, and social justice. In addition to our full time staff, we have a network of community builders who work with us. Meet our Network!