Joseph Reed

Senior Policy Advocate
jreed@ncrc.org  202-383-7705

Joseph Reed is the Senior Policy Advocate for NCRC. As an experienced government relations professional, social scientist and data analyst, Joseph brings years of policy and analytical experience from the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to joining NCRC, Joseph worked as Policy Analyst at the Washington Bureau of the NAACP. At the NAACP, he managed multiple policy issue areas to help advance the NAACP legislative agenda through Congress and the various agencies of the federal government. In his role, he also researched and drafted many of the policy materials that are used to educate the 2,200 NAACP units across the country and provide them with the tools necessary to advocate in support of the NAACP’s policy priorities. Joseph was recently nominated to serve as a Commissioner on the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, where he serves on the Commission’s leadership team as secretary.

Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Media/Public Relations from Hampton University; a Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies from Georgetown University; and a master’s degree in Government with emphasis in Political Communications and Government Analytics from The Johns Hopkins University.

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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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