Beyond Urban Sustainability

At TCN, we don't think sustainability is that great of a goal. We believe that sustainability is just one step along the way to thriving. That's why it is our mission to reach beyond urban sustainability to help our cities thrive. 

Thriving communities start with passionate, dedicated changemakers. We seek to achieve our mission by helping you expand your impact. 


Our Story

It all started at Impact Hub Seattle, where our Cofounders, Chelsea and Veronica, met by chance while getting coffee in the kitchen of the co-working space. They quickly realized that they shared passions for urban livability and the built environment as an indicator for happiness. Furthermore, they realized that a surprising number of people cared about these topics, however they were not working together to implement solutions. 

Chelsea and Veronica started Thriving Communities Network to convene multidisciplinary teams for solving civic issues. From there, it has developed to help other organizations bridge their barriers to impact and do their good work even better.



Meet the Team


Veronica Foster


Veronica's goal is to increase happiness in communities through mindful interaction between humans and buildings. At the unique intersection of cognitive science and urban studies, Veronica uses her compelling design skills to spark interest and initiative towards building better communities. 

A photographer, a sidewalk enthusiast, and a lover of all things local, Veronica's creative enthusiasm will always drive her to be an arts and culture activist, especially in underserved neighborhoods. She is committed to working with and telling the stories of overlooked populations. To see more, visit


Chelsea Glaser


Chelsea is a civic entrepreneur, a storyteller, and a strategic problem solver. She has a background in sustainable development, local advocacy, and civic technology, and has  a passion for understanding methodologies for measuring subjective wellbeing and the role our built environments play in our happiness. She is an initiator with a knack for bridging efficient connections and collaborations for greater impact.

She is a community advocate, a Global Shaper, a writer, an urbanist, and a firm believer in the power of kindness. To see more, visit


What Makes a

Thriving Community?



  • Civic tech & online engagement
  • Tactful neighborhood planning & design
  • Public spaces & programs


  • Accessible public meetings
  • Participatory governance
  • Affordable housing options


  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety

  • Interactive public spaces

  • Walkability & sidewalk vibrancy


  • Open data and municipal transparency

  • Data-driven decision making

  • Communicate local news & events


In a thriving community, the built environment impacts individuals' lives positively, rather than contributing to day-to-day stresses and negative emotions. We can use these characteristics as a guideline for making sure that all decisions made within the city are bringing us closer to thriving.


Solving problems is a community endeavor.

Within more diverse teams and communities, there is more resiliency and more creativity. Let's work together to promote and accelerate:

  • Community Wellbeing and Happiness

  • Kindness

  • Human-Centered Design

  • Urbanism

  • Sustainability

  • Social Justice

  • Citizen Engagement