Ralph B. Everett, the President and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, today announced that he will step down after seven years as head of the research and policy organization, which focuses on issues of concern to African-Americans and communities of color.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the Joint Center at a time of great opportunity for its research and policy activities to make a real impact on the direction of our country,” said Everett. “I am proud of the important work we are doing and the impact we are having, and I am particularly thankful for the support of our talented staff and our Board of Governors in helping see our accomplishments through.”
Everett was appointed to lead the Joint Center, which was founded in 1970, by the organization’s Board of Governors in December 2006. He immediately set out to realign the organization into policy-focused institutes, building on the previous success of the Health Policy Institute and creating new “centers of excellence” for media and technology and civic engagement and governance.
Everett’s resignation becomes effective December 31. The Joint Center’s Board of Governors has formed a search committee, and Everett will assist with the transition to new leadership. Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D., the Joint Center’s Vice President and Director of its Health Policy Institute, will serve as interim President and CEO.