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Marketplace Interviews Joint Center President on Congressional Staff Diversity

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined Marketplace to discuss our efforts to increase congressional staff diversity. During the interview, Spencer emphasized the importance of feeder positions and why the Joint Center is focused on top staffers in the wake of infrastructure and data privacy issues. Listen to Spencer’s interview below. The full episode can be…

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Joint Center President Joins Tom Joyner Morning Show to Discuss Diversity on the Hill

Joint Center President Spencer Overton appeared on the Tom Joyner Morning Show to discuss diversity on the Hill with Roland Martin. “It matters because these staffing positions make big decisions,” said Overton to Martin, referencing setting legislative agenda and the oversight of a $4 trillion budget as examples. Overton also shared that while Black people make up 12…

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In CNN Op-Ed, the Joint Center Presses Congress to Address Top Staff Diversity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2018 Contact: press@jointcenter.org In CNN Op-Ed, the Joint Center Presses Congress to Address Top Staff Diversity WASHINGTON – In a CNN op-ed, Spencer Overton, president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, highlighted the alarming lack of top staff diversity at the top level in the Washington offices of…

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Joint Center President Writes Washington Post Op-Ed on House Diversity Report

Joint Center President, Spencer Overton, wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post calling on Congress to address the lack of racial diversity among top staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. The piece highlights troubling statistics concluded in our study, Racial Diversity Top U.S. House Staff: “An astounding 86 percent of the top decision-makers in…

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