She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Executive Director of President Jimmy Carter's Urban and Regional Policy Task Force; as New York State's Housing and Community Development Commissioner in Governor Mario Cuomo’s cabinet; and as the Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia. She also formerly was a municipal finance executive and in collaboration with her husband, she also co-owned several private, non-depository banks in New York State. She married Rev. Edward V. Leftwich (deceased), is the mother of three daughters and a son, and has three grandsons. Dr. Scruggs- Leftwich's voluntary service included: Trustee, the national Fulbright Association; Vice-Chair, the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation's Board of Trustees; Member, national Verizon Consumer Advisory Board; Member-At-Large, Black Leadership Forum, Inc.; Member-At-Large, National Coalition for Black Civic Participation; Executive Committee and Trustee, Cornerstone Equity Advisors, a mutual funds firm; Life Member, National Council of Negro Women, and Center for Community and Economic Justice, Inc.'s (CCEJ)'s Chair, Sojourner Truth Forum for Interactive Justice and Unalienable Rights.
DR. SCRUGGS-LEFTWICH “ ...Personally and racially our enemies must be forgiven. Our aim must be to create a world of fellowship and justice.” Dr. Scruggs-Leftwich is Professor (retired), National Labor College - George Meany Campus, located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Formerly, as the 10-year Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the national Black Leadership Forum, Inc., the prestigious coalition of influential civil rights leaders and icons, she conducted policy analysis and advocacy: issues' management; fiscal development and executive administration. She appears regularly in electronic, print and Web- based media as spokesperson for progressive concerns. Dr. Scruggs- Leftwich received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude, from North Carolina Central University. She studied international organizations and political science as a Fulbright Fellow in Germany, at both Freie Universitates Berlin and the Deutsche Hoch Schule fur Politik. She also was awarded a study scholarship to Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies following her Fulbright fellowship. She earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning and Urban Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Dr. Scruggs-Leftwich’s mother Geneva B. Scruggs was the first black woman to run for regional public office in upstate New York in 1955. She did not win her bid for a seat on the nine-person Erie County Common Council.
U.S. Library of Congress, Annual African American History Month Observance, Keynote: “The Next Millennium: Second Verse of the Dream
In addition to authoring many periodical and journal articles, books, book chapters, policy reports and commentary, she and her siblings recently republished WOMEN OF DISTNCTION, written by their grandfather, Dr. Lawson A. Scruggs, (Path Press, Inc, 2020). She is also the author of CONSENSUS AND COMPROMISE: CREATING THE FIRST NATIONAL URBAN POLICY UNDER PRESIDENT CARTER (University Press of America, 2006) and SOUND BITES OF PROTEST, (Third World Press, 2008). She is the 2007 winner of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild's Front Page Award - the Bernie Harrison Memorial Award for Commentary. and Urban Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
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DR. SCRUGGS-LEFTWICH “ ...Personally and racially our enemies must be forgiven. Our aim must be to create a world of fellowship and justice.” Dr. Scruggs-Leftwich is Professor (retired), National Labor College - George Meany Campus, located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Formerly, as the 10-year Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the national Black Leadership Forum, Inc., the prestigious coalition of influential civil rights leaders and icons, she conducted policy analysis and advocacy: issues' management; fiscal development and executive administration. She appears regularly in electronic, print and Web-based media as spokesperson for progressive concerns. Dr. Scruggs-Leftwich received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude, from North Carolina Central University. She studied international organizations and political science as a Fulbright Fellow in Germany, at both Freie Universitates Berlin and the Deutsche Hoch Schule fur Politik. She also was awarded a study scholarship to Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies following her Fulbright fellowship. She earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning and Urban Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
In addition to authoring many periodical and journal articles, books, book chapters, policy reports and commentary, she and her siblings recently republished WOMEN OF DISTNCTION, written by their grandfather, Dr. Lawson A. Scruggs, (Path Press, Inc, 2020). She is also the author of CONSENSUS AND COMPROMISE: CREATING THE FIRST NATIONAL URBAN POLICY UNDER PRESIDENT CARTER (University Press of America, 2006) and SOUND BITES OF PROTEST, (Third World Press, 2008). She is the 2007 winner of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild's Front Page Award - the Bernie Harrison Memorial Award for Commentary. and Urban Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Executive Director of President Jimmy Carter's Urban and Regional Policy Task Force; as New York State's Housing and Community Development Commissioner in Governor Mario Cuomo’s cabinet; and as the Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia. She also formerly was a municipal finance executive and in collaboration with her husband, she also co-owned several private, non-depository banks in New York State. She married Rev. Edward V. Leftwich (deceased), is the mother of three daughters and a son, and has three grandsons. Dr. Scruggs-Leftwich's voluntary service included: Trustee, the national Fulbright Association; Vice-Chair, the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation's Board of Trustees; Member, national Verizon Consumer Advisory Board; Member-At- Large, Black Leadership Forum, Inc.; Member-At-Large, National Coalition for Black Civic Participation; Executive Committee and Trustee, Cornerstone Equity Advisors, a mutual funds firm; Life Member, National Council of Negro Women, and Center for Community and Economic Justice, Inc.'s (CCEJ)'s Chair, Sojourner Truth Forum for Interactive Justice and Unalienable Rights.
Dr. Scruggs-Leftwich’s mother Geneva B. Scruggs was the first black woman to run for regional public office in upstate New York in 1955. She did not win her bid for a seat on the nine-person Erie County Common Council.
U.S. Library of Congress, Annual African American History Month Observance, Keynote: “The Next Millennium: Second Verse of the Dream”