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President/Executive Director: Philip Tegeler (

Policy Counsel: Megan Haberle

Outreach Coordinator, NCSD: Gina Chirichigno

Policy Analyst: Michael Hilton

Law & Policy Associate: LaKeeshia Fox

Administrative and Development Assistant: Tyler Barbarin

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 25 years. Before coming to PRRAC, he 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 in the University of Connecticut School of Law clinical program.

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 (forthcoming 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.

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 ofthe Open Communities Alliance. He was an appointed member of the Connecticut Blue Ribbon Commission on Affordable Housing in 1999-2000. He is also an active member of the Housing Justice Network and is on the board of Building One America. Mr. Tegeler has also served 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)

Policy Counsel

Megan Haberle is a Policy Counsel at PRRAC, specializing in housing, transit, and environmental justice policy. Ms. Haberle worked most recently at The Opportunity Agenda 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. (Member of the New York State Bar.)

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), and she recently published an article on the new HUD discriminatory impact rule, titled "Introducing HUD's Implementation of the Fair Housing Act's Discriminatory Effects Standard" (Clearinghouse Review, fall 2013)

Outreach Coodinator, NCSD; Co-Director, One Nation Indivisible

Gina Chirichigno, based in Northampton, Massachusetts, 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 education and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute. She is a graduate of Howard University Law School (Member of Massachusetts Bar, inactive status)


Policy Analyst

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

Mr. Hilton is the author of Poverty, Literacy, and Brain Development: Toward a New, Place-Based Educational Intervention, 17 Rich J.L. & Pub. Int. 623 (2014).


Law and Policy Associate

LaKeeshia Fox comes 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. Ms. Fox also worked at HUD and the Department of Justice as a Presidential Management Fellow. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Administrative and Development Assistant

Tyler Barbarin is a 2014 graduate of the University of Richmond. Prior to coming to PRRAC, Tyler worked with homeless youth as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.


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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