Caitlin Allen-Connelly

Caitlin Allen-Connelly joined A Better City as the Project Director for our Transportation Dividend Implementation Plan work. She has 20 years of experience designing and leading programs to improve child well-being, mitigate climate change, and promote sustainable development.

Recently, at Cradles to Crayons, she surfaced the concept of “clothing insecurity”, uncovering the social safety net gap and significant need nationwide, elevating the “right to clothing” to the same level of other basic needs insecurities, and offering a working definition and classification levels based on existing gold standards for food insecurity. In addition, she designed and co-led an innovative distribution pilot to improve the frequency and quality of Cradles to Crayons services to elementary students living in Boston and Holyoke, Massachusetts and to capture the impact of service on attendance, academic performance, social-emotional well-being, and clothing security.

Prior to joining Cradles to Crayons, she held positions at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations working on inclusive economic growth and development, urban development, sustainable development, and climate change. Notably, she was part of the OECD/Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change team coordinating the development of international Guidelines to Calculate National Greenhouse Gas Emissions, the United Nations Development Program World Energy Assessment team, and the OECD Inclusive Growth Initiative. In addition, she is President and Founder of Sustainable Futures, Now.