The late Gena Gunn McClendon, PhD, was director of Community Engagement at the Center for Social Development, director of CSD’s Voter Access and Engagement Initiative and codirector of the Financial Capability and Asset Building initiative.
Dr. McClendon’s program-development and policy work focused on issues related to voter suppression and civic participation of low- and moderate-income households and marginalized populations. Through her research, she sought to identify and advance strategies for supporting inclusive democracy, training social work students in financial capability, and developing a postsecondary curriculum in financial social work. She also worked to create structures for addressing the racial wealth gap and developing coalitions.
Dr. McClendon earned a PhD in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. She received her Master of Management and Leadership from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Dr. McClendon passed away on October 21, 2023.
Financial Capability & Asset Building (FCAB)
We are building a body of evidence in financial capability, defined as both the knowledge to make optimal financial decisions and access to appropriate and beneficial financial services.
Financial Capability & Human Services Education
We address the gap in professional FCAB training of social workers and other human service practitioners who serve low- and moderate-income households.