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Catherine “Katy” Crosby

Position: NCRC Chairperson

Catherine “Katy” Crosby serves as the Town Manager for the Town of Apex, North Carolina. In this capacity, she is the chief executive officer overseeing day-to-day operations and a budget of approximately $150 million. Prior to that, she served as the Chief of Staff to Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and the City of Toledo. In this capacity, she was delegated the responsibility as the Chief Administrative Officer providing leadership to approximately 2,700 employees and overseeing day to day operations which included administering a total budget of more than $800 million.

Katy provides consultation to communities and financial institutions on strategies for equitable community and economic development in underserved communities. Her expertise includes enforcing local civil rights ordinances in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodation, and credit; overseeing contract compliance and capacity building programs for socially and economically disadvantaged businesses; and community relations programs that focus on immigrant integration, reducing violence, and improving the relationship between the community and police.

She is the board chair of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, an organization focused on policies and strategies that increase wealth for low-income communities and communities of color. She is a member of the Higher Learning Commission board, one of six institutional accreditors in the United States and The Root Cause Coalition, a national coalition of organizations addressing health inequities through cross-sector partnerships. She also serves on the community advisory council for PNC Bank.

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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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