Stella J. Adams
Stella Adams is the founder and CEO of S J Adams Consulting, which performs research and policy development in the areas of fair housing and fair lending. Ms. Adams served on the Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Council and as the Chair of the Community Affairs and Housing subcommittee. Ms. Adams is a nationally recognized expert on the Fair Housing Act and its implementing regulations and a nationally respected authority on Predatory Lending and Mortgage Fraud Investigative techniques. Ms. Adams currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor for the Patricia Roberts Harris National Fair Housing Training Academy. Ms. Adams is the recipient of the 2012 Charles A. McLean Distinguished Service Award of the North Carolina NAACP, 2006 Individual Achievement Award of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, 2005 Civil Rights Award granted by the National Association of Human Rights Workers, the National Fair Housing Alliance Fair Lending Advocacy Award and the 2004 HUD FHEO Pioneer Award. Ms. Adams currently serves on The National Community Reinvestment Coalition; The National Association of American Veterans, Inc.,The North Carolina Fix the Debt Steering Committee, and The NC State Conference of Branches of the NAACP. For more information about Ms. Adams, please click here.
James W. Loewen
James W. Loewen is a sociologist, educator and best-selling author. He attended Carleton College and received his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. Mr. Loewen was a professor at Tougaloo College in Mississippi and taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont. Mr. Loewen is the author of several best-selling books including the Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong and Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. Mr. Loewen has done extensive research into communities that were "Sundown Towns" which for decades, and some still presently, kept out blacks and sometimes other groups. As a result of his research, Mr. Loewen wrote Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. For more information about Mr. Loewen, click here.
Carmen M. Ortiz
Carmen M. Ortiz is the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. She is the first Hispanic and first female United States Attorney for Massachusetts. Ms. Ortiz received her B.B.A. from Adelphi University and her JD from George Washington University Law School. Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Economic Crimes Unit for 12 years. Ms. Ortiz served for eight years as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County and was a senior trial attorney at a local law firm concentrating on civil, criminal, and governmental agency litigation. Additionally, Ms. Ortiz collaborated on the Harvard/Guatemala Criminal Justice Project to implement criminal justice reforms in the judiciary of Guatemala. For more information about Ms. Ortiz, please click here.
James Perry is a civil rights advocate and activist. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and Loyola Law School. Mr. Perry worked for the Preservation Resource Center (PRC), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the diverse neighborhoods in New Orleans. Mr. Perry then went on to become Director of the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center and is now currently the Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), a private, non-profit organization created to promote equal housing opportunity. Mr. Perry has served on the Historic District Landmark Commission, New Orleans Non-Profit Development Collaborative, and the African-American Heritage Preservation Council. He is a member of the Esplanade Ridge Neighborhood Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). For more information about Mr. Perry, click here.