Elizabeth Julian, founder and senior counsel of Dallas-based Inclusive Communities Project, is the recipient of the 14th annual Urban Leadership Award, given by Penn IUR. In 2015, The Inclusive Communities Project won a Supreme Court case ruling that policies, which even inadvertently cause segregation are illegal under the Fair Housing Act. This landmark ruling will help to fully realize the original goals of the Fair Housing Act to not only prevent individual housing discrimination but also address the decades of systemic discrimination that led to segregated communities across the country. Prior to her work with Inclusive Communities, Ms. Julian served as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton administration, and has practiced poverty and civil rights law since the beginning of her career.
The Annual Penn IUR Urban Leadership Awards recognize exemplary thinkers who have demonstrated the vision to revitalize urban centers, respond to urban crises and champion urban sustainability in the U.S. and the globe.