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Our Areas of Emphasis

The Research, Policy & Impact Center, through a collaborative effort with our partners, stakeholders and advisors, serves as a center of knowledge on key areas of interest in economic development and net worth growth of minorities, women and under resourced populations.

The Policy Center Staff

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Lea D. Henry
Vice President

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Kelcy Walker Pope, DrPH
Director of Health Equity Initiatives

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Fellows - Advisory Board

William "Samuel Darity, PhD
Samuel DuBois Cook Distinguished
Professor of Public Policy


James Johnson Jr., PhD
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center
UNC Kenan Flagler Business School

Valerie D. Jordan, MBA
The Hunter J. Group, LLC
NC DOT Board Member – Division 5

Emil E. Malizia, PhD, FAICP
Research Professor
Department of City & Regional Planning
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Vernease Miller, MHA, JD
Retired University Professor and Dean
Pfeiffer University

Danya C. Perry
Equitable Economic Development, Director
Wake County Economic Development

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To Strengthen the Asset Base of Diverse Populations Through Policy, Education and Economic Opportunities


Economic Prosperity for Diverse Populations



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