Jerry Kellman

Senior Advisor, Organizing 
jkellman@ncrc.org 847.612.6531

Gerald (Jerry) Kellman has worked with NCRC as a Senior Advisor since 2014. He works on community benefits agreements; regional reinvestment coalitions, campaigns and summits; and capacity building for member organizations.

Kellman began organizing as part of the civil rights movement. He cofounded the Gamaliel organizing network and developed grassroots organizations in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the Midwest. In 1985, he recruited and brought Barack Obama to Chicago, where he mentored him as an organizer. He was the media spokesperson for community organizing in the 2008 Obama for President campaign, spoke at the 2008 Democratic Convention, and was written about under the pseudonym Marty Kaufman in Barack Obama’s book Dreams of My Father.

He has worked as a lay ecclesial minister for the Archdiocese of Chicago, completed two years of postgraduate studies in Public Policy at the University of Chicago and holds masters’ degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University and Divinity from Loyola University. His work has been covered in numerous media outlets including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, PBS Frontline, Le Monde, the Economist and the Wall Street Journal.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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