Michael A. Curry, Esq., is president of the Boston chapter of the NAACP. He is also the Legislative Affairs Director and Senior Counsel for the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. In that role, Curry manages state and federal advocacy for the 50 community health centers throughout the Commonwealth, serving more than 850,000 patients in over 285 communities. His leadership in health care policy work has been recognized locally and nationally and he is a frequently requested speaker on the issue of health reform. We’re very excited to have Curry on the faculty of our SPARK! Leadership Conference in Boston Nov. 5.
As president of the Boston’s NAACP chapter, Curry advocates for better public policy and broader public understanding on critical issues such as racial profiling, criminal justice, health disparities, economic development, poverty, youth violence, workforce development, and education. He has successfully grown membership of the Boston chapter, particularly among young people. He has received the Chairman’s Trophy for the highest membership increase in the country (2011-2012) and the Lucille Black Award for the highest total membership production (2012).
Under his leadership, the Boston NAACP launched an annual discrimination training, in collaboration with several investigative and enforcement agencies. Curry also launched the inaugural Summer Job Pipeline to Leadership Program, in which youth receive a stipend to support the NAACP’s activities, participate in community meetings, and receive training in the key areas for effective leadership. Over the past two years, Pipeline participants registered more than 2,000 new voters, engaged more than 20,000 residents on the importance of voting, and launched an anti-violence campaign.
Curry is also a member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP. He is Vice Chairman of the National NAACP’s Economic Development Committee and also serves on the Legal, Advocacy and Policy, Political Action and Legislation, and Image Awards committees of the Board.
Curry has been described as a “straight talker” by the Boston Business Journal. His service to the community is strongly motivated by his experiences as a child riding school buses in the early 1970s from Roxbury to Charlestown even as white protesters and the Boston Police lined the streets and rocks pelted the bus. He grew up in a racially divided Boston and witnessed the NAACP’s efforts to address systemic racism and eliminate the many forms of discrimination.
If you care about eliminating systemic racism in the health care system, then you do not want to miss Curry’s session at the SPARK! Leadership Conference. Please register today so you can join us. See you on Nov. 5!