Abstract: Across America communities and their residents are going through wrenching economic change. These changes affect people of all races, ethnicities, gender, and ages. However, different populations are not affected equally. In 2011, for the first time, more than half of the children born in the United States were children from racial and ethnic minority families, and by 2050 a majority of people in the country will be “minorities”. Yet, disparities between whites and people of color are growing wider on many key measures, including income, wealth, and education. Many of these disparities are the result of intentional public policies. Our challenge, as a country is to create new policies which result in economic equity for all and prepares our people to meet the global economic challenges of the 21st century.
Roger A. Clay, Jr. is the President of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in Oakland, California, a national research, consulting and legal organization with a mission of helping people and communities become and remain economically secure.
Clay has long been committed to promoting racial and economic justice. He began his legal career as a law clerk at the Insight Center and returned 30 years later as its President.Prior to returning, Clay was a legal services attorney, General Counsel of the California Housing Finance Agency, and a partner with the law firm of Goldfarb & Lipman. He later became the Vice-President with the Corporation for Supportive Housing and a Senior Fellow at the Institute on Race & Poverty at the University of Minnesota.
Clay has been a leader in the legal profession for more than 35 years. He was the Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and twice served as the Chair of the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. In 2009, he was awarded the Michael Scher Award by the ABA for his outstanding commitment to housing and community development law. Clay is the co-editor of the book, Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers, and Policymakers.
Clay has been an active Stanford alumnus, serving as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Alumni Association, and currently as a member of the national advisory boards for the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.
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