NLA Facilitators

Claire Wolff

Claire Wolff, Director, Neighborhood Leadership Academy, Community Development Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, wolffca@missouri.edu.  
Claire Wolff is the community development specialist for St. Louis at University of Missouri Extension. In this role, she develops community partnership initiatives that link university resources with the needs and priorities of communities by working on a variety of topics including capacity building, leadership development, and healthy community initiatives. Claire joined University of Missouri Extension faculty in 2016 and has more than extensive experience working in urban communities. Prior to joining Extension, Claire worked as the Director for Community Development at Grace Hill Settlement House.  Claire currently serves on the board of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group and Perennial STL, and is the co-founder of the Park Picnic Project.

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Kristen Wagner, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Missouri–St. Louis, wagnerkr@umsl.edu
Dr. Kristen Wagner is assistant professor of social work at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She has a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis (2011), an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis (2005) and a BA in Psychology from the University of North Dakota (1997). Her research, publishing and teaching interests center on social inclusion and poverty alleviation with a particular focus on the role of asset building in social and economic development. Her research takes a multi-faceted approach to studying program and policy interventions in both domestic and international contexts around three key areas: asset development interventions, culturally relevant community development strategies, and community-based participatory research methods.