Building One America Board of Directors

Sheryll Cashin - Vice President

Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law at Georgetown, writes about race relations and inequality in America and is a passionate advocate and sought after speaker. She teaches Constitutional Law and Race and American Law, among other subjects. Currently she is working on a new book about the future of American race relations.

Her book, The Agitator's Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family (Public Affairs, 2008) traces the arc of American race relations through generations of her family. Her book, The Failures of Integration (Public Affairs, 2004) was an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review. Both of Cashin's books were nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction (2005 and 2009).

Cashin is an active member of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) and Building ONE America, an emerging national network of state and regional coalitions promoting sustainable growth and social inclusion. She has published widely in academic journals and print media, including in the L.A. Times, Washington Post, and Education Week. She has appeared on NPR All Things Considered, NPR Talk of the Nation, The Diane Rehm Show, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Newshour With Jim Leher, CNN, BET, ABC News, and numerous local programs.

Professor Cashin worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy, particularly concerning community development in inner-city neighborhoods. She was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. As a Marshall Scholar, she went on to receive a masters in English Law, with honors, from Oxford University in 1986 and a J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law School, in 1989, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.

Cashin was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, where her parents were political activists. She is married to Marque Chambliss and the mother of twin boys, Logan and Langston.

Michael B. de Leeuw

Michael B. de Leeuw is a litigation partner at the New York firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

Mr. de Leeuw's practice at Fried Frank focuses on complex civil litigation and arbitration, representing clients in a variety of areas, including matters involving mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, securities, intellectual property, the First Amendment, hedge funds, insurance, and other commercial matters.

Mr. de Leeuw has been recognized by Legal 500 in Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense and in Antitrust NY.

Member, American Bar Association Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions: New York; New Jersey; Supreme Court of the United States; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of New York; District of New Jersey.

A graduate of Montclair State University and the Rutgers School of Law, Michael serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers School of Law; and as a member of the boards of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the City Bar Justice Center. Mr. de Leeuw has also participated in a significant amount of pro bono work on education and fair housing related issues.

Michael serves as second Vice President for the Glenn Ridge School Board in Glenn Ridge, New Jersey where he and his wife have two children in the Glen Ridge Public Schools.

Michael H. Harrison

Pastor Michael H. Harrison, Sr. is the current President of the Ohio Baptist State Convention and pastor of Union Baptist Church in Youngstown Ohio. Rev. Harrison is the Chair of MVOC (Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative), a community based collaboration of Churches and Block Clubs for the betterment of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Area.

Pastor Harrison was born to the late Pastor John H. and Rosa Harrison on December 25, 1956. Pastor attended U.S.I.T. where he received a degree in Electronics. Pastor Harrison attended International Bible Institute and Seminary, graduating with a BA in Theology and attends Geneva College pursuing a degree in Counseling. Pastor Harrison worked in Computer Operations and the Help and Information Centers of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron from 1977 to 1985.

In 1985, upon leaving the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Pastor Harrison went into full-time ministry at the United Baptist Church in Akron, Ohio.  In 1989, Pastor Harrison was called to the Pastorate of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Midland, Pa., where he founded the Pastor's Council of Beaver Valley and vicinity. He also served as Treasurer of the Allegheny Union Baptist Association.

In 1995, Pastor Harrison was called to the Pastorate of the Union Baptist Church, Youngstown, Ohio. Under his leadership, a new sanctuary with seating capacity of over 800 was built and occupied in 1997. The congregation grew from 125 to over 650 in four years.

He is currently the 1st Vice Moderator of the Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia Baptist Association and is the past president of the Baptist Pastor's Council of Youngstown and vicinity. In April of 2008, Pastor Harrison became a member of the Mahoning County Juvenile Court Citizens Advisory Board. 

Pastor Harrison is married to Sylvia and has three children: LaTonya, James, and Michael Jr. and grandchildren.

Robert Kleidman - Recording Secretary

Robert Kleidman is Associate Professor of Sociology at Cleveland State University. His research and service center on ‘public sociology,’ developing intellectual and institutional relationships between academia and organizing. His major areas of interest are the study of social movements and community organizing, and secondary areas including urban sociology. His initial interest in public sociology came as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he became a leader in the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, serving on local, state, and national boards of directors. He wrote his Ph.D, dissertation on the Freeze and earlier peace campaigns, identifying common themes important to organizers. Building on this work, he authored Organizing for Peace: Neutrality, the Test Ban, and the Freeze. (1993, Syracuse University Press)

Since joining the faculty at Cleveland State University, he has moved his focus to community organizing, serving as a core team leader and board member of a regional community organizing group. Since 2009, he has been working closely with organizers for Building ONE America, an emerging national network of statewide and metropolitan organizations, to create a powerful group of local elected officials and other community leaders in established suburbs in Ohio. He has published articles about community organizing and public sociology. Before receiving his Ph.D. from Wisconsin, Dr. Kleidman received an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from the University of California Berkeley.

Michael Kruglik - President

Mike Kruglik is the first Executive Director of Building One America.

Mr. Kruglik is a graduate of Princeton University (1964), was adjunct Professor of History at Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities in the early 1970’s. He has been developing grass-roots citizens’ power organizations since 1973 with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the Gamaliel Foundation and Building One America. 

From 1973-1976, he was lead organizer on the Southside of Chicago for the Citizen Action Program, where he helped build a middle-class, multi-racial organization in Chicago, and lead the successful fight against Mayor Daley’s Cross-town Expressway, preserving neighborhoods on the South and Southwest and the North and Northwest sides of the city. In 1979, Mr. Kruglik was Executive Director of the Citizens Organized for Public Service (COPS) in San Antonio, TX. where he led a campaign that  established a network of community health centers on the South and West sides of San Antonio.

From 1984 to 1998, he was co-director of the Calumet Community Religious Conference, the community organization that recruited and hired Barack Obama as a community organizer. Mr. Kruglik’s role as Barack Obama’s mentor has been chronicled in a number of works of history and periodicals. From 1986-1998, he developed/directed the South Suburban Action Conference (SSAC) in South Cook County, Illinois. SSAC is a large congregation-based citizen organization, which created a community development arm, New Cities CDC, which  produced over 2.000 housing units, and spawned two national housing programs. From 2001 to 2004, he was Executive Director of Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) in St. Louis.

In 1986 Mr. Kruglik, was co-founder of the Gamaliel Foundation, and from 1999-2009 served as its Director of Metropolitan Equity.

Lawrence Levy

Lawrence Levy is the Executive Dean at National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.

During his 35 years as a reporter, editorial writer, columnist and PBS talk show host, Lawrence Levy won many of journalism’s top awards, including Pulitzer Finalist, for in-depth works on suburban politics, education, taxation, housing and other key issues. As a journalist, he was known for his blending of national trends and local perspectives and has covered six presidential campaigns. In his leadership role at the NCSS, he has worked with Academic Director Christopher Niedt to give it a truly national profile. He works especially close with Hofstra’s strong academic community to shape an innovative agenda for suburban study, including a new Sustainability Studies degree, forge alliances with other institutions, not-for-profit groups and government agencies and promote the study of the suburbs nationwide.

Levy is a member of a Brookings Institution advisory panel and was a keynote speaker at Brookings 2008 Metro Policy Summit in Washington, DC. Levy also led a collaboration between Hofstra and Boston College to create a first-in-the nation suburban ecology initiative, and another alliance between Hofstra and Cornell to sponsor the Local Government Leadership Institute. Before joining Hofstra, he was Senior Editorial Writer and Chief Political Columnist for Newsday, and remains involved in the world of journalism and politics. Levy has been a guest contributor to, the New York, covering the 2008 presidential campaign from a suburban perspective. He also writes a regular column on politics for the Albany Times Union, and appears regularly on local and national television.

Amy Liu

Amy Liu is a senior fellow, co-director and co-founder of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. The program produces trends analyses, policy ideas, and innovative practices that advance the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitan areas. The program works with federal, state, and local policymakers, in partnership with the private sector, to achieve prosperity in these communities.

Ms. Liu is a frequent speaker on ideas to advance U.S. economic competitiveness by building a next economy with state, federal, and private sector partners. She is also currently leading a new “practice” effort at Brookings to help civic, political and business leaders in metro areas adopt intentional, market-oriented economic strategies. Strategies include metropolitan business plans and metropolitan export plans to grow regional economies.

Ms. Liu was the principal author of A Region Divided: The State of Growth in Greater Washington, D.C. She also serves as a co-author of select Brookings publications, including “Delivering the Next Economy: The States Step Up.” She has also been a frequent speaker and commentator on the post-disaster rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and southern Louisiana post-Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  She is the co-author of the frequently-cited “The New Orleans Index at Five” and is a co-editor of the forthcoming book, Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita.

For Brookings Opportunity 08 initiative, Ms. Liu wrote "Pathways to the Middle Class: Ensuring Greater Upward Mobility for All Americans" with Hugh Price, which puts forth ideas on how best to help working families achieve and maintain the American dream of middle-class prosperity.

Prior to Brookings (1993-1996), Ms. Liu was Special Assistant to Secretary Henry Cisneros at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she served as the principal aide on a number of public housing and other reform efforts. Ms. Liu has also worked for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago.

Ms. Liu currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Alexandria Community Trust, a community foundation in Northern Virginia, and on the Board of the Hopkins House, a pre-school and comprehensive education center that serves low- and moderate-income children and families

John A. Powell

John Powell is Director of the Haas Diversity Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor powell is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties and issues relating to race, poverty, and law. He teaches civil rights law, property law and jurisprudence and was recently appointed the Earl R. Larson Chair of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He is founder and former Executive Director of the Institute on Race & Poverty, at the University of Minnesota Law School. The Institute was created in 1993 to focus on dynamics created by the intersections of race and poverty. Its focus has always been on real issues that affect real people, including metropolitan equity issues, such as concentrated poverty, education, economic viability and urban sprawl.

Professor powell received his B.A. Degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall). After law school, he became an attorney with the Seattle Public Defender's Office. In 1977, he received an International Human Rights Fellowship from the University of Minnesota to work in Southern Africa, where he served as a consultant to the government of Mozambique. Professor powell later served as a staff attorney for Evergreen Legal Service and as director for Legal Services of Greater Miami.

From 1987 to 1993, he served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he was instrumental in developing educational adequacy theory. Professor powell has taught at Columbia University School of Law, Harvard Law School, University of Miami School of Law, American University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. He joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 1993.

Professor powell is the author of many articles and books dealing with issues of race and poverty and how to make our society more equitable. He is a member of the National Legal Aid and Defender, the National Housing Law Center Association, and the National Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and serves on the Board of Directors of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC), and the Minnesota Supreme Court's Implementation Committee on Multicultural Diversity & Racial Fairness. He was the chair of the City of Minneapolis Affordable Housing Task Force.

He was recently featured in an article published in the fall issue of Colorlines Magazine entitled "What we need to do about the 'burbs." The article is on the magazine Web site at Professor powell authored an article entitled "Achieving Racial Justice: What's Sprawl Got to Do with it?" in the September issue of Poverty & Race published by PRRAC. Many of his articles can be found in the News Articles section of the IRP Web site.

Ann Pratt - Treasurer

Ann Pratt is the Executive Director of the Progressive States Network. Ann brings thirty years of community organizing experience to Progressive States Network, including ten years of building and directing a diverse range of community organizations including neighborhood organizations, large social service agency, labor unions, regional faith-based organizing initiatives and statewide parent and child advocacy organization. Most recently, Ann directed the Connecticut Early   Childhood Alliance, a statewide advocacy organization committed to improving outcomes for young children. She has worked extensively on advancing progressive policies in Connecticut, including the nationally recognized “Sustinet” health care legislation, and recently spearheaded an initiative calling for the creation of a Department of Early Education that would serve children from birth to five years of age.

Ann’s extensive history of organizing includes working with the Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice, a regional faith-based organization; serving as the Executive Director of Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART), a 25 year-old community organization working to improve the quality of life for Hartford residents; spearheading a faith-based initiative supporting the organizing activities of the CT State Council, SEIU; and serving as a national trainer for Building One America, an organization committed to addressing social inclusion, environmental sustainability and economic growth.

Ann graduated from Oberlin College in 1991 with a BA in Political Science. She is married and is the proud mother of a 19-year-old son.

Raymond Rivera

Ray is currently a Mid Career Master in Public Administration Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He most recently worked at the White House as the Deputy Associate Director for Policy Outreach at the Council on Environmental Quality, while also working with the White House Office of Public Engagement as a liaison to youth, conservation and Latino organizations.

During the first two years of the Obama Administration, Ray was the Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he led the Secretary and the department’s communication and relationships with key partners and external organizations. Ray first came to Washington, D.C. to work with the Obama-­‐Biden Transition Team, helping the new Administration create a presidential personnel system and assisting with the review of agency programs and policies.

Prior to serving in the Administration, Ray was the State Director for the Obama campaign in Colorado, spending nearly two years harnessing the energy and inspiration of Americans across the country into a victory for then Senator Barack Obama. Before joining the campaign for change, Ray was a political director and union organizer for AFSCME, America’s public employees’ labor union. His father and grandfather’s years of service as bricklayers first led him to union organizing. Ray’s mother is from South Korea, but he was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico.

David Rusk

David Rusk is the immediate past president and the founding president of the Building One America.

The Congressional Quarterly has called David Rusk’s Cities without Suburbs “the Bible of the regionalism movement.” “A must read for all practicing local government officials, elected or appointed,” said the Government Finance Review of Rusk’s Inside Game/Outside Game.

Rusk combines strong analytical skills with practical political experience.  He is a former federal Labor Department official, New Mexico legislator, and mayor of Albuquerque, the USA’s 32nd largest city.

Now a consultant on urban policy, Rusk has worked in over 120 US communities. Abroad, Rusk has lectured on urban problems in Canada, England, Germany, South Africa, and The Netherlands.

He is president of the Metropolitan Area Research Corporation and national strategic partner of the Building One America movement.   As a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC this summer, he prepared a fourth edition of Cities without Suburbs (winter 2012-13) 

Since 1991, he and his wife, the former Delcia Bence of Buenos Aires, Argentina, have lived in Washington, DC.

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.

David Dante Troutt

David Dante Troutt is Professor of Law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar at Rutgers University.

David Dante Troutt joined the Rutgers Law School-Newark faculty in 1995. As a lawyer who graduated Harvard Law School in 1991, Professor Troutt practiced both public interest and corporate law, advocating on a broad range of areas including inner-city economic development, intellectual property, and commercial litigation. He writes in two primary areas — metropolitan equity and race as well as intellectual property and culture — often combining law and other disciplines. His law review scholarship includes, among other works, “A Portrait of the Trademark as a Black Man: Intellectual Property, Commodification, and Redescription,” 38 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1141 (2005); “Ghettoes Made Easy: The Metamarket/Antimarket Dichotomy and the Legal Challenges of Inner-City Development,” 35 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (2000); “Screws, Koons, and Routine Aberrations: The Use of Fictional Narratives in Federal Police Brutality Prosecutions,” 74 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 18 (April 1999).

Professor Troutt is also the author or/and editor of several books: The Monkey Suit — and Other Short Fiction on African Americans and Justice (The New Press, 1998), a collection of stories chronicling the imagined experiences of African Americans involved in actual legal controversies from 1830 to the present; After the Storm: Black Intellectuals Explore the Meaning of Hurricane Katrina (The New Press, 2006) (including an essay, “Many Thousands Gone, Again”); and The Importance of Being Dangerous, a novel (HarperCollins, 2007). In addition to publications analyzing poverty in California cities and New Orleans, Professor Troutt’s non-fiction work includes regular columns about race, law, and society in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other periodicals as well as chapters in a variety of anthologies. He lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife Shawn and daughters Naima and Jasmine.

Myron Orfield - Advisory Board Member

Professor Myron Orfield is the Executive Director of the Institute on Race & Poverty, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and an affiliate faculty member at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He teaches and writes in the fields of civil rights, state and local government, state and local finance, land use, questions of regional governance, and the legislative process. For 2005-06, Professor Orfield served as the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs.

Professor Orfield graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, was a graduate student at Princeton University, and has a J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and then returned to the University of Chicago Law School as a Research Associate and Bradley Fellow at the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice. After working as an associate at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis, he served as a Special Assistant Attorney General of Minnesota in the Solicitor General's Division.

In 1990, Professor Orfield was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he served five terms, and to the Minnesota Senate in 2000, where he served one term. There he was the architect of a series of important changes in land use, fair housing, and school and local government aid programs. His first book, Metropolitics: A Regional Agenda for Community and Stability (Brookings 1997), a study of local government structure and demographics, relates to these efforts. For over a decade, Professor Orfield has been president of a nationally respected regional research organization undertaking studies involving the legal, demographic and land use profiles of various American metropolitan areas. His second book, American Metropolitics: The New Suburban Reality (Brookings 2002), is a compilation of his work involving the nation's 25 largest regions. His most recent book, Region: Planning the Future of the Twin Cities (U of M Press, 2010), co-authored with Thomas Luce, director of research at the Institute on Race and Poverty, examines the successes and failures of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council’s regional planning and policy work and includes recommendations for responsible, environmentally sound urban and suburban planning.

Jean Rudd - Advisory Board

As principal of JR Strategies, Jean Rudd has coordinated the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation’s Calumet Land Conservation initiative since 2003. She was president of Woods Fund of Chicago from 1980-2000 and worked at The Foundation Center and Phelps-Stokes Fund in New York. Currently she serves on the boards of Business and Professional People in the Public Interest, Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the Metropolitan Planning Council. She has a MA in English Literature from University of Chicago, a BA from Hollins College and a certificate from University of Paris. Jean and her husband Lionel Bolin reside in Beverly Shores, Indiana and Oro Valley, Arizona.

R. Lenton Buffalo, Jr.

R. Lenton Buffalo, Jr. is the past president of Building One New Jersey, a grassroots, faith-based organization dedicated to promoting regional equity, stability, and growth in New Jersey and contiguous regions. Pastor Buffalo has served the Union Baptist Church of Elizabeth, New Jersey for more than 21 years. He is a graduate of Morehouse College, the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Paul Scully - Executive Director

Paul Scully has over 20 years experience organizing with community organizations, lab or unions, and religious institutions. He spent four years with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania and two years organizing in Washington, DC with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He spent ten years as the founding director a successful regional organization in Northwest Indiana affiliated with the Gamaliel Foundation of Chicago.

Mr. Scully was a member of the senior staff of the Gamaliel Foundation from 1996 through 2001 where he dir ected organizing activities in Indiana and later throughout the northeast. As Gamaliel’s East Coast Director, Mr. Scully helped establish successful regional organizations in Northern New Jersey, Central Connecticut, Long Island, and Baltimore. He also helped establish an organization in South Africa.

Since its founding in 2003, Mr. Scully served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Regional Coalition, (now Building One New Jersey) , a statewide organization celebrated for winning major victories around e ducation funding and fair housing reform. Before becoming the Executive Director, Scully served as Building One America’s first Strategic Director overseeing all of its organizing and field operations.