Brian Larkin

Center for Community Progress

Brian Larkin
Brian Larkin is Director of the National Land Bank Network at the Center for Community Progress, America’s non-profit leader for turning “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.”
A 20-year non-profit executive and local government leader, Larkin’s passion for community development was ignited early in career where he served as a neighborhood planner for his hometown. Ultimately, this LISC AmericaCorp service opportunity helped to grow an important vacant land management program and serve as a launching pad for his career-long interest in equitable revitalization.
Since then, he has served as a local government administrator and national program officer where he assisted in developing and implementing community development strategies for improving resident quality of life. That work included managing development funds and partnerships for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (CS Mott), governors and local leaders from the state of Michigan, and nonprofits and land banks throughout the mid-west.

Today, Larkin leverages his experience as a local land banking and municipal planning leader to help more than 200 land banks connect with the education, funding, and networking needed to positively impact one of America’s fastest growing community development movements: the National Land Bank Network. The Network is a growing part of Community Progress’ commitment to growing strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods.