Dr. Loflin is the lead project consultant and expert on the Knight Soul of the Community project across 26 communities over the past four years. Since the release of the study, Dr. Loflin has become an in-demand consultant, advising politicians, planners, foundations and community leaders who are trying to improve their communities, using this model of visioning cities first as places. Through this project, she has quoted widely in the press including Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Winnipeg Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business, Miami Herald and LA Times.
Previously, she served as Program Director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where she was responsible for helping to guide the foundation’s charitable investment of millions of dollars annually. She was also the first social worker placed in a local television newsroom to participate in the news production process and also served as Executive Director for two nonprofit organizations in her home state of North Carolina.
Dr. Loflin received a Masters in Social Work with a dual concentration in (1) Families & Children and (2) Management, Planning & Community Practice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. She also received a Ph.D. in Social Work with a concentration in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003.
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