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PRRAC Staff

President/Executive Director: Philip Tegeler (ptegeler@prrac.org)

Director, Housing Policy: Megan Haberle

Director, Education Policy: Gina Chirichigno

Policy Counsel, Housing: LaKeeshia Fox

Policy Counsel, Education: Michael Hilton

Communications and Partnerships Manager: Kimberly Hall

Research Associate: Brian Knudsen

Administrative and Research Assistant: Tyler Barbarin

Communications Intern: Taahira Thompson

President/Executive Director

Philip Tegeler was appointed as PRRAC's Executive Director beginning in January of 2004. Mr. Tegeler has worked as a civil rights lawyer for over 30 years, specializing in fair housing and educational equity policy and litigation. At PRRAC, Mr. Tegeler supports our housing policy, AFFH, and housing mobility work, and also helps lead the work of the National Coalition on School Diversity, which PRRAC cofounded in 2009.

Mr. Tegeler's publications include "The 'Compelling Government Interest' in School Diversity: Rebuilding the Case for an Affirmative Government Role," in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2014); "The Future of Race Conscious Goals in National Housing Policy," in Public Housing Transformation: Confronting the Legacy of Segregation (The Urban Institute Press, 2009); "Connecting Families to Opportunity: The Next Generation of Housing Mobility Policy," in Brian Smedley and Alan Jenkins, eds., All Things Being Equal: Instigating Opportunity in an Inequitable Time, (The New Press, 2007); "The Persistence of Segregation in Government Housing Programs," in Xavier de Souza Briggs, ed., The Geography of Opportunity: Race and Housing Choice in Metropolitan America (Brookings Institution Press 2005); "Transforming Section 8: Using Federal Housing Subsidies to Promote Individual Housing Choice and Desegregation," 30 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 451 (1995) (co-author with Michael Hanley and Judith Liben); "Housing Segregation and Local Discretion," 3 Journal of Law and Policy 209 (1994), and Inclusionary Zoning Moves Downtown (coeditor) (Planners Press, 1985). Additional articles have appeared in Clearinghouse Review, Land Use Law, Journal of Legal Education, Journal of Affordable Housing Law, Shelterforce, Poverty & Race, and Planning Magazine.

Before coming to PRRAC, Mr. Tegeler was an attorney with the Connecticut ACLU, where he also served as Legal Director from 1997-2003. At the ACLU, Mr. Tegeler litigated cases in federal and state courts involving fair housing, school desegregation, land use law, voting rights, first amendment law, gay rights, prison conditions, criminal justice, and other institutional reform litigation. He has also worked as Legal Projects Director at the Metropolitan Action Institute in New York City (a public interest urban planning organization), and taught for three years in the University of Connecticut School of Law clinical program.

Mr. Tegeler was co-founder and the first board president of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, served as a member of the Connecticut Housing Coalition Board for nine years, and is currently on the board of the Open Communities Alliance. He is also an active member of the Housing Justice Network and served on the board of Building One America from 2012-2016. Mr. Tegeler has taught as an adjunct professor at the UConn Law School and at Columbia Law School, and his courses have included "Federal Courts," "Advanced Civil Procedure: Class Actions," and "Housing and Civil Rights." Mr. Tegeler is a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia Law School. (Member of the Connecticut and District of Columbia Bar)

Director, Housing Policy

Megan Haberle is Director of Housing Policy at the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC), and leads PRRAC's work in housing and environmental justice policy. Her focus is on policy designs, public education, and technical assistance relating to government programs and civil rights. She also serves as editor of PRRAC's quarterly journal, Poverty & Race. Ms. Haberle has co-authored a number of PRRAC reports, including Accessing Opportunity: Recommendations for Marketing and Tenant Selection in LIHTC and Other Housing Programs (December 2012), and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing at HUD: A First Term Report Card (January 2013). Before coming to PRRAC, Megan worked at The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice policy and communications lab, and in private litigation practice in New York. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was an Executive Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and Swarthmore College, where she studied anthropology. Prior to law school, she worked at the ACLU National Legal Department and as an English teacher in South Korea. (Member of the New York bar)

Director, Education Policy

Gina Chirichigno, based in Hartford, Connecticut, specializes in education policy and organizing. She serves as Outreach Coordinator for the National Coalition on School Diversity, and is also Co-Director of One Nation Indivisible, a documentation and organizing project co-sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School. Ms. Chirichigno previously worked at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of Howard University Law School (Member of the Massachusetts Bar, inactive status)

 

Policy Counsel, Housing

LaKeeshia Fox came to PRRAC from the HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, where she worked on the team that developed HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH). Ms. Fox also worked at HUD and the Department of Justice as a Presidential Management Fellow. Ms. Fox's work at PRRAC includes our Housing Mobility Technical Assistance Project and AFFH advocacy and outreach. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law. (Member of the Maryland Bar)

 

Policy Counsel, Education

Michael Hilton is a 2012 Graduate of Columbia Law School, and is focusing on PRRAC's education policy work.

He is the author of "Poverty, Literacy, and Brain Development: Toward a New, Place-Based Educational Intervention," 17 Rich J.L. & Pub. Int. 623 (2014), and "Residential Segregation and Brain Development: Implications for Equitable Educational Opportunities in School Integration Matters" (Frankenberg, Garces, and Hopkins, Eds.) (2016) (Member of the New York State Bar.)

 

Communications and Partnerships Manager

Kimberly Hall manages PRRAC's communications and media relations efforts. Before coming to PRRAC she worked in communications, messaging & strategy for non-profits and on political campaigns, most notably President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. Kimberly is a graduate of the University of North Florida (B.S. Communications) and the University of Florida Political Campaigning Program (M.A. Political Science).

 

Research Associate

Brian Knudsen is Research Associate, supporting PRRAC with quantitative data analysis, GIS mapping, and tracking of academic literature relevant to PRRAC's ongoing advocacy work. Brian previously served as a research analyst at the National Association of Counties. He received his B.S. and Ph. D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Administrative and Research Assistant

Tyler Barbarin is a recent graduate of the University of Richmond with a major in Leadership Studies and minor in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and Sociology; and a concentration in Social Justice. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC at Covenant House Washington, implementing a leadership development program for disconnected youth ages 16-24, from 2014-15. She is currently a member of the National Cathedral Gun Violence Prevention Group. At the Poverty and Race Research Action Council Tyler works as the administrative and research assistant. Her research interestes focus on intersectionality and equity in education.

 

Communications Intern

Taahira Thompson

 

Director of Research (Retired)

Chester Hartman, an urban planner and author, served as Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC until Dec, 2015. He also served as the first Executive Director of PRRAC from 1990 to 2003. Before that, he was a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Harvard and served on the faculty there as well as at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Cornell, the University of California-Berkeley, and Columbia University. Dr. Hartman has authored dozens of books and articles on housing and urban policy. He is also the founder and former Chair of the Planners Network, a national organization of progressive urban and rural planners and community organizers.

Photos from Chester Hartman's retirement party in Berkeley, February 18, 2016

 

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