Syosset, NY (PRWEB) September 18, 2012
ERASE Racism is delighted to welcome long-time supporter Martin “Marty” Schwartz to its Board of Directors. As the former Executive Director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the current Vice President of the Hempstead Boys and Girls Club, Marty brings a deep understanding of social problems and what is needed to create change.
When asked about how his role on the Board will differ from his involvement with the organization in the past, Marty responded, “The difference is in one case you’re donating money; being on the Board you’re responsible for how it’s used.” Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, agreed, “Board members donate money, but they also have ongoing responsibility for evaluating how the money is spent, what activities the organization undertakes and the impact of those actions, etc. Being on the board is an important, challenging and ongoing responsibility,” she added, “Therefore, ERASE Racism takes the process of selecting its Board members very seriously and we are so happy that Marty has accepted our invitation.”
According to Marty, the most important issues that ERASE Racism is currently working on are creating diversified affordable housing and changing negative sentiments about affordable housing through its research and advocacy. In an interview earlier this year, Marty was asked about why he supports the organization’s efforts to end racial segregation; he explained, "I see ERASE Racism as the go-to organization...taking a position of fairness for blacks, Hispanics and really all people. From my standpoint, ERASE Racism probably has the clearest vision of where to go with this, so I see it as a major factor in pulling together the constituency. I don't see another group that is more focused on this."
To read Marty’s full bio and to find out more information about ERASE Racism’s work, please visit http://www.eraseracismny.org.
About ERASE Racism: ERASE Racism is a regional organization that leads public policy advocacy campaigns and related programmatic initiatives to promote racial equity in areas such as housing, public school education and healthcare. It engages in a variety of research, education and consulting activities to identify and address institutional and structural racism, primarily on Long Island. In housing, it analyzes the practices and policies of both public and private institutions whose work affects fair housing and it advocates for changes in those practices and policies that are impediments to racial equity.