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Elaine Black


Elaine Black has been an advocate for community and economic development since the early 1970 when she served as President of the Ad-Hoc Committee for Logan in Philadelphia, which advocated the creation of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) because banks were not investing in urban neighborhoods. She served on the first Federal Reserve Bank Board for CRA in Philadelphia. 
Ms. Black has held several positions in banking, government—including serving as the Deputy Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia and Executive Director for Tools for Change in Miami. As President of the Liberty City Trust, her responsibility is the development of the Liberty City Community, focusing on improving the quality-of-life for residents through housing and jobs. She is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Miami Children Initiatives (MCI), Secretary of the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation, Secretary of the Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition (FMCRC), on the Boards of South Florida All Stars (SFAS); I have a Dream Foundation, South Florida Community Development Coalition (SFCDC) and South Florida Realtist Women Council. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and has studied at Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Florida International University and the University of South Florida.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce – MBDA, we are proud to honor Elaine Black for her commitment and service in pursuit for community and economic development for women and minorities. CONGRATULATIONS! 

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