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Alan Jenkins
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Alan was Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, managing over $50 million in grant making annually in the United States and eleven overseas regions, before joining The Opportunity Agenda. Previously, he served as Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to that, he was Associate Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where he defended the rights of low-income communities suffering from exploitation and discrimination.

Alan serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Community Change, the Board of Governors of the New School University, and is a Co-Chair of the American Constitution Society’s Project on the Constitution in the Twenty-First Century.

Alan holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Media Studies from New School University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard College.

Entries by Alan Jenkins

Why the Sterlings Matter

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 7:24 PM

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling doubled down on bigotry this week, disparaging NBA icon Magic Johnson for his HIV positive status, and saying that Johnson and other African-American entrepreneurs have done little to assist the black community. Sterling's latest rantings made clear the depth of his personal prejudices, and...

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Measuring What Matters

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 6:13 PM

We measure a lot of stuff in our society -- stuff like gasoline prices, Hollywood box office numbers and, Heaven help us, Kim Kardashian's Twitter followers (there are 20.7 million, in case you're wondering). But it's rare that we try to measure our progress...

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Racial Discrimination by Banks Only Worsens the Foreclosure Crisis

(8) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 2:26 PM

Is there a house in your neighborhood that everybody hates to walk past? You know, the one with broken and boarded up windows, trash left to gather on the lawn, and grass so overgrown it's becoming a habitat for rodents?

If you have a house like that in your community,...

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The Long Wait for Affordable Health Care

(11) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 10:40 AM

The health care debate is at a fever pitch as political voices are drowning out the common-sense principles that should be guiding the debate: fairness, dignity, and sound public health policy. Basic fairness dictates that if you pay your fair share, you should be able to receive what you pay...

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