Dedrick Asante-Muhammad Named President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Dedrick Asante-Muhammad has been selected as the next president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The center, located in the District of Columbia, is a public policy think tank focusing on research that has a positive impact on people and communities of color.

Throughout his career, Asante-Muhammad has worked at various non-profit organizations. He most recently served as vice president of racial economic equity and research at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. He previously held positions with Prosperity Now, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. In addition to his background in the non-profit sector, Asante-Muhammad has experience in higher education with previous roles at Williams College in Massachusetts, Oberlin College in Ohio, and historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

“My upcoming position at the Joint Center is the capstone of my career,” said Asante-Muhammad. “The Joint Center was the principal organization to strengthen and advance elected African American officials during the last decades of the 20th century. In this 21st century, the problem of the color line is still at the center of inequality and division in the United States, and it is my goal to position the Joint Center to lead he nation beyond its historical divisions and injustice.”

Asante-Muhammad graduated from Williams College where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and government. He received a master’s degree in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

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