Alan Curtis



President and CEO

Eisenhower Foundation


Alan Curtis is President and CEO of the Eisenhower Foundation in Washington DC. He served as Executive Director of President Jimmy Carter’s interagency Urban Policy Group and as Urban Policy Advisor to HUD Secretary Patricia Roberts Harris, the first African American woman to be appointed a Cabinet Secretary. Earlier, he served as a Task Force Co-Director on President Lyndon Johnson’s National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, formed after the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Dr. Curtis is Co-Editor of the Eisenhower Foundation’s Fifty Year Update of the 1968 National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission, after its Chair, Otto Kerner, then Governor of Illinois. The original Commission responded to the urban protests of the nineteen sixties and concluded that American was heading toward “two societies, black and white, separate and unequal.” The 2018 Fifty Year Update of the Commission concludes that the nation has made relatively little progress in reducing poverty, inequality and racial injustice since 1968. The Ford Foundation now is providing support for dialogue on the priorities of the Kerner Fiftieth, the need for evidence based policy and the creation of new will among the American people to carry out that policy.

The Eisenhower Foundation is the private section continuation of the Kerner Commission and the Violence Commission. The Foundation’s national evidence based Quantum Opportunities youth development model presently is being replicated in the Bronx in New York.

Dr. Curtis hold an A.B. in Economics from Harvard, an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of London and a Ph.D. in Criminology and Urban Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.


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