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Barbara Crain Major

Barbara Crain Major is a community organizer and trainer with over forty years' experience in many local, national, and international community development efforts. Her work includes everything from nurturing leadership development efforts within local communities to assisting institutions in developing strategies to de-institutionalize racism. In the early 1980s, Major became assistant director for Bread for the World in Washington DC, where she helped to craft international food policy. After Hurricane Katrina, Major was named by then Mayor C. Ray Nagin and then President George Bush to cochair the Bring Back New Orleans Commission. Major is cofounder of Citizens United for Economic Equity, a local Community Development Financial institution (CDFI) created to help storm-affected businesses recover. She continues to work as an organizing consultant and an anti-racism trainer locally, nationally, and internationally.