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Karen L. Black

Karen L. Black is the CEO of May 8 Consulting, Inc. a woman-owned social impact consulting firm. Black is also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in the Urban Studies Department and Senior Research Fellow at the Drexel University Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. In addition, Black is the co-founder of the Healthy Rowhouse Project, an initiative to improve access to private capital for home improvement loans that has leveraged $100 million in public and private capital. Black's research and coalition building has supported the creation of many innovative state and local laws and policies that address problem properties and attract new investment. Black is the author of award-winning publications discussing strategies to revitalize communities and attract private investment. Ms. Black received a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and a Juris Doctor from UCLA Law School. Ms. Black has been teaching at the University of Pennsylvania since 2002. In 2015, Ms. Black taught a course on public policy responses to gentrification at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as well. Prior to beginning her consulting practice, Black was the founding director of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Policy Center, a region-wide policy center founded to research issues impacting the economy, environment and equity within the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Prior to that, Black spent 12 years as a practicing civil rights attorney. Black is the author of numerous reports and professional articles and a frequent commentator for television and radio programs. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and a Doctorate of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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