Rev. Gerald Britt, Jr.
Rev. Britt crafts the public policy agenda for CitySquare, a social service, social justice non-profit in Dallas, TX. In that role, Rev. Britt has led the CitySquare in successful advocacy resulting in increased compensation for the wrongfully convicted, public awareness campaigns concerning the pitfalls of for-profit colleges, sensible immigration reform and local ordinances and state legislation to regulate the predatory loan industry. In addition to giving leadership in the area of public policy, Rev. Britt also supervises the organization's direct service programming including it's permanent supportive housing program, public interest law firm, job training program and community health clinic.
Until 2004, Rev. Britt served as pastor of the New Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Dallas, for 22 years. Rev. Britt led New Mount Moriah in a commitment to organizational growth and community engagement in the areas of education, housing, and neighborhood redevelopment, health care. Under Rev. Britt's leadership New Mount Moriah became a force for change in the Ideal Neighborhood and throughout the city, resulting in the first new housing in the neighborhood in more than 50 years, local campus school reform, job training, and political engagement.
He continues to be on the forefront of redevelopment efforts in South Dallas, giving leadership that resulted in the development of South Dallas Action Plan, a comprehensive strategic plan for renewal of the South Dallas economic infrastructure, created by a coalition of neighborhood, non-profit, church and business leaders from the South Dallas community.
Rev. Britt writes a monthly column for the Dallas Morning News and authors the blog Change the Wind.
Rev. Britt is a highly sought after preacher and keynote speaker, panelist for various seminars, workshops and institutes for churches, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, government agencies, concerned with neighborhood redevelopment, leadership and faith-based economic development throughout the country. He has been a television and radio guest on several local and state television and radio stations. He has also testified before the Congressional Black Caucus in areas of employment training and economic development.