Professor Anita Brown-Graham
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina School of Government
Professor Brown-Graham specializes in affordable housing, economic and community development, and public liability at UNC. She has provided significant training and written books and articles focused on developing the economic base of distressed communities. Last fall she served as special editor for an issue of the publication Popular Government that was focused on poverty. In 2000, she was named the Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Term Associate Professor for Outstanding Achievement. That same year, she was granted a leave of absence to serve as a Special Advisor on Economic Development in the administration of Governor Michael F. Easley. Professor Brown-Graham currently serves on the boards of several development organizations and foundations including the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, Triangle Urban League, and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
Professor Scott Cummings
Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Cummings teaches Business Associations and Community Economic Development. His scholarship focuses on the application of business models to redress poverty and the role of lawyers in social change processes. In law school, Professor Cummings served as executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. In 1996, Professor Cummings was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work in the Community Development Project at Public Counsel in Los Angeles, where he provided transactional legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and small businesses engaged in community revitalization efforts. Professor Cummings' recent articles on community economic development and multi-disciplinary advocacy for the poor have appeared in the Stanford Law Review and UCLA Law Review.
Professor Charles Daye
Henry Brandis Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor Daye joined the law faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1972 where he was the first African American to hold a tenure-track position on the law faculty. In 1981 Professor Daye was named dean of North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he served until 1985. He then rejoined the UNC-Chapel Hill law faculty, where he teaches, among others, housing and community development. He is the senior editor of a course book, Housing and Community Development. In addition, he has published articles, essays, book reviews, and monographs on housing, state administrative procedure, torts, constitutional law, ethics in law school admissions, affirmative action, and academic support programs. He is chair of the board of the North Carolina Fair Housing Center; chair of the board of North Carolina Poverty Project; and member of the board (after serving sixteen years as president) of Triangle Housing Development Corporation (a nonprofit organization that operates federally subsidized housing for low income rural elderly).
Professor Andrew Foster
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Duke University Law School
Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Foster practiced full-time with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, where he was a founding member of the firm's Community Development Law team. Professor Foster now maintains a limited private practice concentrated in the areas of nonprofit, affordable housing and community development law. He represents developers, financial institutions, local governments and local, statewide, regional and national nonprofits on a range of community revitalization projects. Professor Foster has held leadership positions with several nonprofit community development organizations based in North Carolina, including the Southern Rural Development Initiative, the North Carolina Justice and Community Development Center, the Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations.
Professor Lamia Karim
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon
Professor Karim joined the Department of Anthropology in 2003, and she has published several articles on NGOs, women, ethnicity, and globalization that have appeared in the journals Contemporary South Asia and Polar, and book chapters in The Ethics of Kinship: Ethnographic Inquiries, James Faubion, ed. (Rowman & Littlefield 2001), and Women and the Contested State, Lawrence and Skidmore, eds. (University of Notre Dame Press, circa 2004). Professor Karim's research interests include gender, political economy, Islamic nationalism, violence, postcolonial feminist theory, and the anthropology of non-governmental institutions (NGOs). She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled "The Political Economy of Shame: Gender, Development and Debt in the Postcolonial Context." She is also participating on two invited projects, one on "Feminism and NGOs" at the University of California-Irvine, and the other on "Asian Nationalisms" at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.
Professor Tom Kelley
Clinical Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor Kelley, who supervises the Community Development Law Clinic, grew up in Kentucky and first came to North Carolina in 1991 to clerk for James Dickson Phillips Jr. on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He spent two years as a litigation associate with Foley, Hoag & Eliot in Boston, then returned to North Carolina to direct community programs at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, and to act as in-house legal adviser to DoubleTake magazine. He writes on African customary law and legal anthropology, interests that grew out of his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Niger. He also teaches and publishes on the law of non-profit organizations and philanthropy.
Professor Barbara J. Robles
Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Professor Robles received her doctorate in Economics from the University of Maryland-College Park with fields in Econometrics and Monetary Policy, and has formerly worked as an Economist/Revenue Estimator for the Joint Committee on Taxation, US Congress scoring tax legislation. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on Latinos and Public Policy Issues, Latinos, Financial Services, and Community Asset Building Policies. She also teaches graduate classes in Public Financial Management, Microeconomics for Policy Analysis and Applied Econometrics. Her current research interests center on financial literacy, the Earned Income Tax Credit and community asset building on the US-Mexico Border Economy. She is currently working on a book concerning Latinos, cultural capital and asset building policies. She is a member of the Hispanic Business, Inc., Board of Economists and has consulted for US AID Legislative Strengthening Initiatives in El Salvador and Guatemala and for the State Department on microenterprise creation along the US-Mexico border.
Professor Lisa Servon
Associate Professor and Associate Director, Community Development Research Center
Professor Servon was most recently assistant professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Professor Servon's teaching and research focus on urban poverty, community development, economic development, and gender issues. Her book, Bootstrap Capital: Microenterprises and the American Poor, was published by Brookings Institution Press in 1999.
Mr. Eric Stein
President, Center for Community Self-Help
Mr. Stein is president of Center for Community Self-Help, managing its home loan secondary market, commercial lending and real estate development programs. Self-Help's mission is to create ownership and economic opportunity for minority, women-headed, rural, and low-wealth families through home mortgage and small business financing. It has provided over $3.5 billion in financing to 40,000 home buyers, small business owners and nonprofits in North Carolina and across the nation, with a loss rate of less than 0.5%. Mr. Stein is also senior vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate abusive financial practices. He was formerly executive director of CASA, a nonprofit organization that develops housing for primarily homeless persons with disabilities.
Mr. Miles O. Vaughan
Senior Vice President, Senior Equity Manager, Banc of America Community Development Corporation
Mr. Vaughn has over 17 years of experience in real estate and economic development. In 1983 he managed several nationwide housing development projects, designed to serve as models for creating affordable rental housing, for the National Urban League. Mr. Vaughn has also administered community-based single family and multi-family housing rehabilitation projects. Mr. Vaughn was hired by the New York City Department of Finance in 1987 to oversee three operating units within the Bureau of Tax Operations where he supervised the implementation of an extensive management reporting system. In 1993 he was hired by the New York State Urban Development Corporation where he administered statewide economic development initiatives totaling over $450 million. Mr. Vaughn joined Banc of America Community Development Corporation in 1999 as a Real Estate Development Officer where he is involved in all aspects of real estate development projects including the negotiation of partnership agreements, land acquisition, structuring of financing packages and coordination of project development teams.