Roundtable on Community Change
Roundtable on Community Change
Keith Lawrence, Co-Director. Keith has been a leading contributor to the Roundtable's work on structural racism and author of several related publications including Structural Racism and Community Building; Structural Racism and Youth Development; and Constructing a Racial Equity Theory of Change. He has also contributed essays and opinion pieces on race and community building to a number of edited volumes, periodicals and other publications. Keith coordinated a project with The Open Society Institute’s After Prison Initiative to apply a critical race lens to crime and punishment in the U.S., and edited a volume, Race, Crime and Punishment: Breaking the Connection in America, at the culmination of that two-year effort. Along with his work at the Roundtable, he is currently involved in a post-disaster Oxfam-sponsored community planning initiative in Haiti.
Before joining Aspen in 1999, Keith held management positions at the New York City Housing Authority and taught political science at the City University of New York and the NYU School of Continuing Education. He also was an elementary and high school teacher in New York City and the Caribbean. He holds a Ph.D. in International Politics from the City University of New York Graduate Center, an M.U. P in Urban Planning from Hunter College, and a B.A. in Geography from the University of Guyana.firstname.lastname@example.org
Gretchen Susi, Co-Director. Gretchen directs the Roundtable’s Racial Equity and Society Peer Learning Forum. Her research has focused on the social production of housing, particularly public housing, the role of grassroots alliances in producing supportive environments, and on the challenges presented to such efforts by race and class. In a previous life Gretchen was a fiction editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell publishers. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center and is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.email@example.com
Patricia Auspos, Senior Fellow. Pat works on various projects designed to build knowledge about effective practice in community change efforts. She is a co-author of several Roundtable publications, including Voices from the Field III: Lessons and Challenges from Two Decades of Community Change Efforts, and Living Cities and Civic Capacity: Leadership, Leverage, and Legitimacy; and a co-editor of Community Change: Theories, Practice, and Evidence. She is also developing a curriculum on racial equity and health as part of the Roundtable's signature series of leadership seminars.
Before coming to the Roundtable, Pat was a Senior Policy Associate at MDRC, and also worked as a consultant for foundations and research organizations. She has a Ph.D. in British History from Columbia University.firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Fulbright-Anderson, Senior Fellow. Karen works on a number of Roundtable projects that are designed to build the capacities of leaders and institutions in community revitalization, social justice, youth development, and related fields to alleviate poverty and promote racial equity. Prior to becoming a Senior Fellow, Karen was Co-director of the Roundtable on Community Change and the Chair of Policy Programs for the Aspen Institute. She stepped down from those positions in 2007 when she and her husband relocated to the Midwest.
Before joining the Roundtable, Karen was the Director of Research for the Vera Institute of Justice. Prior to that, she worked at the Ford Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund where she developed funding strategies to improve outcomes for young people in high poverty communities. She has also worked in academia as faculty member at The New School for Social Research and a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently on the board of trustees for YouthBuild, USA and the Institute for Community Peace. Karen has a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning and a Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. from Wellesley College.email@example.com