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President/Executive Director: Philip Tegeler (

Director of Research: Chester Hartman (

Policy Counsel: Megan Haberle

Policy Analyst: Michael Hilton

Co-Director, One Nation Indivisible: Gina Chirichigno

Law & Policy Fellow: Etienne Toussaint

Administrative and Development Assistant: Sarah Clayman

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

Director of Research

Chester Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC. Prior to taking his present position, he was the founding Executive Director of PRRAC. 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. He is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at George Washington University.

His books Include:

Housing Urban America (Aldine, 1973; rev. ed 1980)
The World of the Urban Working Class (Harvard Univ. Press, 1973)
Yerba Buena: Land Grab and Community Resistance in San Francisco (Glide, 1974)
Housing and Social Policy (Prentice-Hall, 1975)
Displacement: How to Fight It (National Housing Law Project, 1982)
America's Housing Crisis: What Is To Be Done? (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983)
The Transformation of San Francisco (Rowman and Allanheld, 1984)
Critical Perspectives on Housing (Temple University Press, 1986)
Winning America: Ideas & Leadership for the 1990s (South End Press, 1988)
Housing Issues of the 1990s (Praeger, 1989)
Paradigms Lost: The Post Cold War Era (Pluto, 1992)
Double Exposure: Poverty and Race in America (M.E. Sharpe, 1997)
Challenges to Equality: Poverty & Race in America (M.E. Sharpe, 2001)
Between Eminence & Notoriety: Four Decades of Radical Urban Planning (Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research, 2002)
City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco (University of California Press, 2002)
The Right to Housing: Foundation of a New Social Agenda (Temple University Press, 2006)
Poverty & Race in America: The Emerging Agendas (Lexington Books, 2006)
There Is No Such Thing As a Natural Disaster: Race, Class & Hurricane Katrina (Routeledge, 2006) Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership for 2009 and Beyond (Lexington Books, 2009)
The Integration Debate: Competing Futures for American Cities (with Gregory Squires), (Routledge, 2010)

His articles have appeared in The Nation, Social Work, Virginia Law Review, Journal of the American Planning Association, University of Wisconsin Law Review, Progressive Architecture, The Utne Reader, The Village Voice, Encyclopedia of Social Work, Social Policy, Society, Dissent, Mother Jones, Planning, Yale Law Journal, Journal of Housing, The Progressive, Land Economics, The Gerontologist, Shelterforce, Clearinghouse Review, The Urban Lawyer, Journal of Urban Affairs, Public Welfare, Vanderbilt Law Review, Social Work, Journal of Public Health Policy, Seton Hall Law Review, Housing Policy Debate, University of North Carolina Law Review, The Encyclopedia of Housing, Civil Rights Journal, The Journal of Negro Education, Souls and numerous other academic and popular journals and newspapers.

Dr. Hartman is the founder and former Chair of the Planners Network, a national organization of progressive urban and rural planners and community organizers.

He serves/has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Urban Affairs, Housing Policy Debate, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Housing Studies, The Journal of Negro Education and is a former Board member/Secretary of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

He has been a consultant to numerous public and private agencies, including HUD, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Stanford Research Institute, Arthur D. Little, California Rural Legal Assistance, the Urban Coalition, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Legal Aid Society of New York.

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)

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).


Co-Director, One Nation Indivisible

Gina Chirichigno, based in Northampton, Massachusetts, serves as 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 is also Outreach Coordinator for the National Coalition on School Diversity. (Member of Massachusetts Bar, inactive status)


Law and Policy Fellow

Etienne Toussaint is a 2012 Harvard Law School graduate who comes to PRRAC from private practice in Washington, DC, where he took on substantial pro bono commitments both in his law firm and in the community. At PRRAC, Etienne is focusing his work on our housing and civil rights research and advocacy. (member of the New York and District of Columbia bar)

Administrative and Development Assistant

Lisa Flores is assisting the Executive Director in maintaining PRRAC's administrative workload, and also helps to coordinate our fundraising efforts. Lisa is a recent graduate of UC-Santa Cruz, and previously worked as an intern with the National Education Association and in the office of Congresswoman Linda Sanchez.


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