Philip Tegeler

Philip Tegeler is the Executive Director of Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC), a civil rights policy organization based in Washington, DC.  PRRAC’s mission is to promote research-based advocacy on structural inequality issues, with a specific focus on the causes and consequences of housing and school segregation. 

Mr. Tegeler has written extensively on federal housing policy, including “The Future of Race Conscious Goals in National Housing Policy,” in Public Housing Transformation: Confronting the Legacy of Segregation (The Urban Institute Press, 2009); “Connecting Families to Opportunity: The Next Generation of Housing Mobility Policy,” in All Things Being Equal: Instigating Opportunity in an Inequitable Time (New Press 2007); and “The Persistence of Segregation in Government Housing Programs,” in Xavier de Souza Briggs, ed., The Geography of Opportunity: Race and Housing Choice in Metropolitan America (Brookings Institution Press 2005).  

Before coming to PRRAC, Phil worked as an attorney with the Connecticut ACLU for 16 years, serving as Legal Director from 1997-2003. At the ACLU, he helped to prosecute housing and school desegregation cases, and a wide range of other institutional reform litigation.  Phil has taught on the clinical faculty at the University of Connecticut Law School in Hartford, and was Legal Projects Director at the Metropolitan Action Institute in New York, a public interest urban planning organization.  He is a graduate of the Columbia Law School.