Board

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Craig Flournoy

Board Chair

Craig was an investigative reporter at the Dallas Morning News for 22 years. His journalism was honored with more than 50 state and national awards including the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for “Separate and Unequal,” a series documenting pervasive segregation and starkly unequal conditions in the nation’s vast system of federally subsidized housing. In 2000, he left the newsroom for the classroom, earning a doctorate in Media and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University. He taught journalism at Southern Methodist University from 2002 to 2014 and the University of Cincinnati from 2014 to 2021. He is now teaching at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is married to Nina Flournoy and the father of three amazing daughters – Helene, Louise, and Emma.

Stacy Seicshnaydre

Stacy Seicshnaydre

Vice Chair

Stacy is the William K. Christovich Professor of Law and Robert A. Ainsworth Professor of the Courts and Federal System at Tulane Law School. She is a lawyer and scholar specializing in fair housing and anti-discrimination law, and her research and writing on housing law and policy have been influential in federal civil rights litigation. From 2016-2021, she served as Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Public Interest Programs at Tulane Law School. In that role, Prof. Stacy oversaw the full range of skills training, experiential, and public interest initiatives, including Clinics, Trial Advocacy and moot court, externships, Intersession skills boot camps, and Tulane’s pioneering pro bono program. As director of Tulane Law School’s Civil Litigation Clinic from 2004 to 2016, she guided students in the representation of clients on a variety of civil rights cases in federal courts at the district and appellate levels. She was also founding executive director and later general counsel of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. Stacy clerked for Judge W. Eugene Davis of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then worked as a Skadden Fellow for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC.

Barbara Samuels

Barbara Samuels

Secretary

Barbara was the Managing Attorney of the ACLU of Maryland’s Fair Housing program from 1994 to 2020. She has been the lead ACLU counsel in litigation challenging governmental housing policies that foster segregation, including Thompson v. HUD, a landmark public housing desegregation case. In addition, Barbara helped establish and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP). BRHP is a non-profit organization created as part of the Thompson v. HUD remedy to provide housing opportunities in low-income and racially integrated neighborhoods for more than 4,400 Baltimore City families. She has awards from groups such as the NAACP, the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, and the Maryland Human Relations Commission. In addition, she was named one of Maryland’s “Top 25 Human Rights and Justice Champions” by the Legal Aid Bureau (2011). Before joining the ACLU in 1993, Barbara was a legal services housing attorney in Baltimore at the Legal Aid Bureau in Southwest Virginia. She received her law degree with honors from George Washington University and her B.A. from Bucknell University.

Debra Kroupa

Director

Debra is the executive director of the TXS United Housing Program, Inc. where she works to develop affordable housing for low to moderate income families and provide social service programs including free lunches, counseling and educational programs for the community, emergency housing for battered or distressed women, and emergency shelter for the homeless.

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john a. powell

Director

john a. powell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, structural racism, housing, poverty, and democracy. john is the Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, a research institute that brings together scholars, community advocates, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change toward a more equitable world. john holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion and is a Professor of Law in African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University where he also held the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law.

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Florence Wagman Roisman

Director

Florence is the William F. Harvey Professor of Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is best known for her work in low-income housing, homelessness, and housing discrimination and segregation. In the fall of 2006, Florence was the Skelly Wright Fellow at Yale Law School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut with high honors, a distinction in English and History, and a membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Florence earned an LL.B. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School and began practice at the Federal Trade Commission shortly afterward. She has also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice in the appellate section of the Civil Division and as a managing attorney for the D.C. Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), initiating a 30-year association with the federally financed program of civil legal assistance to poor people. While at NLSP, Florence was co-counsel in several landlord-tenant cases that now appear in many property casebooks. After her tenure with NLSP, she worked with the legal services program in private practice and through the National Housing Law Project. Florence has taught full-time at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, The Catholic University of America, and Widener University. In addition, she has taught part-time at The George Washington University Law School and the Antioch School of Law. In addition to Property and Land Use Planning, she has taught Civil Procedure and Administrative Law.

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Elizabeth K. (Betsy) Julian

Founder

Betsy is an independent consultant providing advice and counsel to clients on issues related to fair housing, affordable housing, community development, and related issues. She has over 45 years of experience as a poverty and civil rights lawyer and advocate. She is the founder and former President of the Inclusive Communities Project. During her tenure as President of ICP the non-profit successfully defended disparate impact as a legally cognizable theory of liability under the Fair Housing Act in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2015. From 1994 to 1999, Ms. Julian served the Clinton administration at HUD as Deputy General Counsel for Civil Rights, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and Secretary’s Representative for the Southwest Region. Prior to joining the Administration, she engaged for 20 years in the practice of poverty and civil rights law in Texas. She serves on the board of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) and Mobility Works, a national non-profit promoting and supporting housing mobility policy and practice at the national, state, and local level.

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