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PRRAC Staff

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

Policy Counsel: Megan Haberle

Outreach Coordinator, NCSD: Gina Chirichigno

Research Associate: Brian Knudsen

Policy Analyst: Michael Hilton

Law & Policy Associate: LaKeeshia Fox

Administrative and Research 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 30 years, specializing in fair housing and educational equity policy and litigation. At PRRAC, Mr. Tegeler leads our housing policy, AFFH, and housing mobiliy work, and also supports 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)

Policy Counsel

Megan Haberle is a Policy Counsel at PRRAC, specializing in housing, transit, and environmental justice policy. Before coming to PRRAC, 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 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)

 

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.

 

Policy Analyst

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.)

 

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. (Member of the Maryland Bar)

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 has also worked as an intern for the Senior Campaigner for Gun Violence and Human Rights at Amnesty International, and 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.

 

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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