is Executive Director and founder of the Applied Research Center, Oakland California. He is a nationally recognized researcher, lecturer and activist on issues of race and social justice. He has worked extensively in both the organizing and the academic communities.
Education and Writing
Gary Delgado received his BA from SUNY Old Westbury in 1972, a Masters in Urban Affairs from CUNY Queens College in 1975 and a PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 1983. He was a Danforth Fellow in 1979 and a Whitney Young Fellow in 1980. In 1993, he was a Kenneth Pray Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. He is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at UC Berkeley.
Delgado's writings includesover 30 articles and studies on social change practice including his doctoral dissertation from UC Berkeley, Organizing the Movement: The Roots & Growth of Acorn, published by Temple University Press in 1986, Beyond the Politics of Place: New Directions in Community Organizing in the 1990s, published by ARC in 1994, the new anthology From Poverty to Punishment: How Welfare Reform Punishes the Poor.
Affiliations and awards
Delgado is a board member of the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund of the Aspen Institute, an advisory board member of the Institute on Race and Poverty and an honorary director of the ATR Foundation in Seattle. He was formerly a member of the board of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC.
Delgado was one of the initial organizers of ACORN, a lead organizer with the National Welfare Rights Organization and cofounder and director of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO).
In 1988, he received the Bannerman Fellowship for activists of color in its first year. He was recognized as a Hellraiser by Mother Jones magazine in 1996, and was profiled as a one of 61 Visionaries by Utne Reader.