Clinton R. McNair II, is extremely passionate and dedicate to correcting the unanswered needs of communities affected by poverty, so much so, he left his home of Beaumont, Texas to work for Habitat for Humanity in Newburgh, New York. This experience has allowed Clinton to recognize the laborious challenges and the leadership one must face to create sustainable change in neighborhoods affected by extreme poverty.
While working in the city of Newburgh, he create a housing coalition that connects developers with community residents, preformed repairs for 13 homes, and located $123,500 through grants to help him repair homes and create programs in the area. In addition, he worked with Habitat international and MasterCard to pilot a new housing program, which will combine housing with commercial space. He was given the task to market this new program and locate business partners to help educated future low income entrepreneurs. Clinton was successful in his endeavor and is proud to of played a major part in creating the first recognized Live/ Work Home for Habitat for Humanity.
Clinton has always invested in the idea of helping people. He earned his Master's Degree in Community Development from Prairie View A&M University, and has worked with non-profit organization, education institutions, and as an AmeriCorps Vista for Habitat for Humanity in Waco Texas.
Marcus Garvey once said, "The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself; but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you even into eternity."
This quote is why Clinton is honored to be a National Urban Fellows and invites the opportunity to learn new and inventive ways to create change within communities. He plans to use his education and experience with the National Urban Fellows to empower communities of color and create programs that will stimulate positive, sustainable change for all in need.