I have been invited to join presidential candidate Barack Obama’s Urban Policy Committee and I humbly accepted.
Part of Senator Obama's plan is to create a “White House Office of Urban Policy to develop a strategy for metropolitan America and to ensure that all federal dollars targeted to urban areas are effectively spent on the highest-impact programs. The Director of Urban Policy will report directly to the president and coordinate all federal urban programs.”
I will not be discussing this role with the press in connection with my being on the committee or campaign. I have also agreed to be a surrogate if needed by the campaign, but there is a lot of info to digest before I want to go on TV.
I look forward to the opportunity to help draft policy ideas that could shape the future of urban America.