The new leadership team at the Libra Foundation, the progressive philanthropy of a branch of the Pritzker family, is determined to get closer to the ground.

That’s literal, in the sense that Executive Director Crystal Hayling moved the foundation out of its “hermetically sealed” high-rise office building and into a cozier, more inviting converted house after she took over in 2017. But in the case of the foundation’s environmental justice program, Hayling and Senior Program Officer Angie Chen are also trying to ground their new strategy firmly in the lives and needs of people working in communities. 

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