Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.

Stories of Participatory Budgeting in Action

Owen Brugh

By PBPadmin | December 16, 2013

Tell us about yourself. I am Chief of Staff to Alderman John Arena of Chicago’s 45th Ward. I coordinate PB45. I also live in Jefferson Park, which is in the ward. How did you first get involved in PB, and why? I first learned of PB through a friend who worked for Alderman Joe Moore.…

Krystal Peartree

By PBPadmin | December 2, 2013

Tell us about yourself. My name is Krystal Peartree. I‘m a New York native and currently live in the Parkchester section of the Bronx, but grew up in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the South Bronx. I’ve just started a position at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection as an Analyst of M/WBE Programs. I’ve…

Mamnun Haq

By PBPadmin | November 12, 2013

Tell us about yourself. My name is Mamnunul (Mamnun) Haq. I immigrated to the US from Bangladesh twenty two years ago and live on Ocean Parkway, in Kensington, Brooklyn with my wife and children. I’m working as a Community Health Worker for the DREAM Project at the Center for the Study of Asian American Health,…

How Participatory Budgeting Works

PB involves an annual cycle of meeting and voting, integrated into the broader decision-making process.




Millions of dollars dedicated to community-driven projects.


People impacting change in their communities.


Local project ideas completed using public funds.

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