Megan McClaire

Advancement Project
Megan McClaire is Health Equity Director at Advancement Project California, whose program uses community-driven, data-informed approaches to address inequities. She leads a statewide racial equity initiative effort to create a research framework and accountability tool to support local advocacy campaigns. Megan was previously at Boston Public Health Commission as Associate Director of the Chronic Disease Division and Chief of Staff, where she led planning processes to embed racial justice principles into implementation strategies. Megan was also at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention within injury prevention and environmental health.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Achieving Racial Equity Initiative: Changing the Landscape in California

California is experiencing growing demographic shifts across the state – higher concentrations of communities of color, where alarmingly, disparities and civil rights inequities are starting to settle in. Diverse regions showing little progress in opportunities for communities of color. Frequent news headlines include: achievement gaps widening for the state’s Black and Latino students; a dramatic disparity in the percentage of Black men incarcerated; the city of Lancaster and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in the Antelope Valley settling a federal lawsuit that uncovered racial housing discrimination, and; Modesto losing a lawsuit that aimed to change its political system to encourage the majority-Latino city to convert to elections that would enable more Latinos to successfully run for office. In partnership with USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, PICO, and California Calls, Advancement Project’s Achieving Racial Equity Initiative addresses two questions: What is the current state of racial disparity in California? What does a racially equitable California look like? Looking at political participation, health, safety, economic opportunity, and education, we will develop: a framework laying out a vision of racial equity for California; an index ranking all counties on their progress; policy reports assessing existing policy implementation efforts connected to issues within the framework, and; collaborative advocacy supporting community-led campaigns. Using our framework as a starting point, we will discuss how this tool translates to similar racial equity efforts across the country and identify strategies for how to leverage complementary initiatives to elevate the national discussion.

Speakers: Megan McClaire, Jamila Loud, Pamela Stephens, Dondy Marie Moreland