This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
Founded in 1970 as the Joint Center for Political Studies by black intellectuals and professionals to provide training and technical assistance to newly elected black officials, the Joint Center is recognized today as one of the nation’s premier think tanks on a broad range of public policy issues of concern to African Americans and other communities of color… When the Joint Center first opened its doors, there were 1,469 black elected officials (BEOs). There are now over 9,500 BEOs in the United States.
The founders of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies were Louis E. Martin and Kenneth B. Clark, PhD. The current President and Chief Executive Officer is Ralph B. Everett, who has served in that role since 2007.