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PRRAC Staff

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

Deputy Director: Megan Haberle

Director, National Coalition on School Diversity: Gina Chirichigno

Communications and Partnerships Manager: Michael Mouton

Research Associate: Brian Knudsen

Law & Policy Fellow: Peter Kye

Outreach Coodinator, National Coalition on School Diversity: Tyler Barbarin

Administrative and Program Assistant: Heidi Kurniawan

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 "Disrupting the Reciprocal Relationship Between Housing and School Segregation" (Joint Center for Housing Studies 2017), "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)

Deputy Director

Megan Haberle is Deputy Director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, where she has worked since 2012. She specializes in policy designs, public education, and technical assistance relating to government programs and civil rights, with a focus on advancing fair housing and environmental justice. She also serves as editor of PRRAC's quarterly journal, Poverty & Race. 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 to support its racial justice litigation, and as an English teacher in South Korea. She is a member of the New York Bar.

Her publications include "Fair Housing and Environmental Justice: New Strategies and Challenges," Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law; "Stacking the Deck: The Regulatory Accountability Act's Threat to Civil Rights,"The American Prospect; "How Attacks on the Administrative State Can Be Attacks on the Most Vulnerable," Spotlight on Poverty; the PRRAC report "Accessing Opportunity: Recommendations for Marketing and Tenant Selection in LIHTC and Other Housing Programs" (with Ebony Gayles and Philip Tegeler); "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in HUD Housing Programs: A First Term Report Card," Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law (with Philip Tegeler and Ebony Gayles); "Introducing HUD's Implementation of the Fair Housing Act's Discriminatory Effects Standard," Clearinghouse Review; the Kirwan Institute, PRRAC, and Opportunity Agenda report, "Opportunity and Location in Federally Subsidized Housing Programs: A New Look at HUD's Site & Neighborhood Standards As Applied to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit" (with Philip Tegeler, Henry Korman, and Jason Reece); the American Constitution Society Issue Brief, "Promoting Opportunity through Impact Statements: A Tool for Policymakers to Assess Equity" (with Alan Jenkins, Juhu Thukral, Nerissa Kunakemakorn, and Kevin Hsu); and "Human Rights in the State Courts," Clearinghouse Review (a joint publication of The Opportunity Agenda's Law & Policy team).

Director, National Coalition on School Diveristy

Gina Chirichigno, based in Hartford, Connecticut, specializes in education policy and organizing. She directs the National Coalition on School Diversity, a national coalition co-founded and supported by PRRAC. Until recently, she also served as co-director of One Nation Indivisible, a documentation and organizing project highlighting grassroots efforts around the country on school integration, immigrant integration, and cross-racial coalition building. Ms. Chirichigno previously worked at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School. She is co-author of METCO Merits More: The History and Status of METCO, a comprehensive review of the Boston interdistrict school integration program. Ms. Chirichigno is a graduate of Howard University Law School and Hampshire College (Member of the Massachusetts Bar, inactive status).

 

Communications and Partnerships Manager

Michael Mouton is PRRAC's Communications and Partnerships Manager. Michael previously served as Communications Manager and Press Secretary for Congressman Al Green (D-TX), and has also worked as an account manager at Spitfire Strategies. He is a graduate of Cornell University, where he worked as Features Editor of the Cornell Progressive.

 

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.

 

Law and Policy Fellow

Peter Kye is a Law and Policy Fellow at PRRAC. His work focuses on fair housing and environmental justice issues. Prior to joining PRRAC, Mr. Kye served as a Fellow and Associate Counsel at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Mr. Kye earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2016, where he received the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Award. During law school, he interned with the New York Legal Assistance Group, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and the Legal Aid Justice Center. Mr. Kye received his B.A. from the College of William & Mary, where he studied government and sociology.

 

Outreach Coordinator, National Coalition on School Diversity

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. Her research interests focus on intersectionality and equity in education.

 

Administrative and Program Assistant

Heidi Kurniawan is a 2017 graduate of Michigan State University, where she majored in Social Relations and Policy, with a focus on civil rights history. Prior to coming to PRRAC, Heidi interned at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan.

 

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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