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: 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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Joint Center Talks Future of Work on Comcast Newsmakers

Joint Center President Spencer Overton sat down with Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the future of technology and its role in society. According to a Joint Center study 31% of Latino workers and 27% of African American workers are concentrated in just 30 jobs at high risk to automation. Mayors of cities such as Detroit, Michigan,…

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker to be Honored at Joint Center Annual Gala Dinner

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker, the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey and the first African American elected to the Senate since Barack Obama, will receive the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ highest award at the organization’s Annual Gala Dinner on June 25 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.…

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Joint Center Partners with Children & Nature Network

WASHINGTON, DC – The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies today announced the formation of a strategic partnership with The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) to improve the health outcomes for all communities by using the knowledge and expertise of each organization’s network of community leaders to promote access to green space. The Children…

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