Arthur J. Naparstek


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(1939–2004) Arthur Naparstek—community leader and partnership scholar—was born in 1939. He received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, his MSW degree from New York University, and his PhD from the Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies at Brandeis University. As a community planning expert, he worked in neighborhood revitalization for over four decades. Naparstek headed the Poverty Commission in Cleveland, which not only established programs locally, but also created the multi-billion dollar federal Hope VI program that both conceptually as well as physically changed public housing in the United States. He also built partnerships internationally, particularly in Beit She'an and other cities in Israel, and he served as the Senior Vice President for United Jewish Communities. He served on the National Commission on Neighborhoods under appointment by President Carter, and on the Corporation for National Service under President Clinton. He also helped draft the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Community Reinvestment Acts, and the Urban Revitalization Demonstration Acts (HOPE I–VI)


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