Jerry Carrier is a nationally-recognized educator in class, poverty, affordable housing and economic development. He has taught and developed curriculum for universities, state and local governments, schools, and non profits.
Carrier grew up in poverty and as a child lived in a public housing project, an abandoned Navy hospital, ‘en el barrio,’ a rented farmhouse, and a rural wood-heated cabin. In twelve years he attended six elementary schools, a middle school, and two high schools before graduating. He went to work at the age of twelve as a busboy and dishwasher in a railroad depot. He worked various full time jobs through junior high, high school and college supporting his family. He is the first in his family to graduate from high school and college. He and his family now live in Minnesota.
Mr. Carrier is a faculty member at the National Graduate School for Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University and for the National Neighborworks Training Institutes. He has worked for over thirty years in community economic development and public administration as an executive director of several nonprofits, a community action agency, a housing authority, and in local governments as an economic development director and planner, and has also been a city manager of several cities. He has also been on the Boards of Director of five nonprofits and a school.
Mr. Carrier’s columns on class, economics, poverty, and politics have been published in over a dozen newspapers and he has been a contributing writer to many nonprofit and government texts on these subjects. He has published two books with Algora.