Clifford Deaton

Clifford Deaton

Program Associate | Community Strategies Group

Clifford Deaton is a Program Associate with the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group and Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Green Team.

Clifford Deaton is a Program Associate with the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, and Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Green Team. Clifford has rich experience in research, communications and outreach focused on building resilient and sustainable communities. Prior to joining CSG, Clifford helped organize community-based coalitions and campaigns in California, Illinois and Washington D.C. – conducting stakeholder interviews, developing testimony for public officials, and crafting short articles and op eds. From 2013 to 2016, while serving as an adjunct professor of political science at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Clifford created an action-research project for students and community leaders exploring the role of art in local economic development in several challenged Chicago neighborhoods. He also organized bi-weekly speaker events and the occasional conference while a program assistant at the University of Illinois Institute for Humanities. In 2017, Clifford trained as a placemaking facilitator with the internationally-recognized Pomegranate Center. A published social science researcher, Clifford holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with special focus on Federal legislation and policymaking, transportation and economic development. His dissertation research studied the role of visual art and social networks during urban social movements. In his free time, Clifford serves as Chair of the DC-based Circular Economy working group, and he enjoys playing table-top board games, drinking coffee and home-brewed beer, and spending time with his wife and two cavalier spaniels.

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