More often than not, strategy follows relationships.

CPAL actively engages directly with families, community organizations, and local government. Investing in relationships across all of these constituencies gives us our best chance to move beyond zero-sum thinking and towards shared problem solving.

Our Approach

Fostering collaboration through a 'bias for action'.

Our approach to collaboration and scale has been adapted from an intensive lookback at 15 of history’s most celebrated social impact successes.

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    Build a shared understanding of the problem and ecosystem

  • 2

    Design solutions for scale

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    Identify winnable milestones for measurable impact

  • 4

    Rally demand and coordination for highest potential solutions

  • 5

    Embrace course correction

  • Leveraging the scale of government

    We bring together the CEOs of Dallas' largest public agencies on a regular basis.

    Together, these leaders represent more than $10 billion in operating budget. CPAL keeps data and insights at the center of strategy conversations.


    Clay Jenkins, County Judge

    Dallas County

    T.C. Broadnax, City Manager

    City of Dallas

    Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, Superintendent

    Dallas Independent School District

    Nadine Lee, President & Chief Executive Officer

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit

    John Creuzot, District Attorney

    Dallas County

    Troy Broussard, CEO

    Dallas Housing Authority

    Dr. Frederick Cerise, President & CEO

    Parkland Health & Hospital System

    Dr. Justin Lonon, Chancellor

    Dallas College

    Eddie Garcia, Chief of Police

    Dallas Police Department

    Ashlee Verner, Interim President

    Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas

    100+ Partner Organizations

    None of our most impactful work happens alone.  That's why we prioritize building a broad set of relationships within a growing network of local and national partner organizations.  In addition, we cultivate on-the-ground insights by actively participating in more than 1,500 conversations with residents and front-line workers every year.

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