Larry Lamar Yates

678 Berryville Avenue

Winchester Virginia 22601

703 963 8394



Proprietor, Virginia Museum of Veiled History, Winchester, Virginia. from May 2017.

Independent Candidate for 29th District Seat, Virginia House of Delegates, May-November 2013.

Publisher/author, Social Justice Connections. Social Justice Connections published two books, The Scalawag Scholar’s Notes on Virginia and Bloodroot Cantons, in September 2012.


Organizing Director, Witness to Innocence, the only national organization of exonerated death row survivors. August 2010-June 2012.

Shenandoah Valley Organizer, Virginia Organizing Project (VOP).  May 2004-June 2010. Lead regional organizer on state and local issue campaigns, including racial profiling and predatory lending.


Grassroots Organizing Mentor, Center for Health, Environment and
Justice, November 1998-June 2003. Provided strategic organizing advice to dozens of grassroots organizations responding to local environmental issues. 


Vice-President for Programs, National Community Reinvestment
Coalition, February 1998-November 1998. 


President, Social Justice Connections, consulting and writing enterprise, July 1995-January 1998. 

Projects included:

•            Editor, Community Economics, focused on resident-controlled housing.

•            Provided facilitation and workshop services for various organizations.

Director, Field Services, National Low Income Housing Coalition, January 1991-June 1995. Supervised the National Housing Policy Initiative, a multi-year multi-funder project assisting state housing coalitions.


Director, National Anti-Displacement Project, National Low Income Housing Coalition, May 1988-May 1992. Brought together and coordinated national network of tenant organizations in subsidized housing in response to issue of expiring use restrictions.


Executive Director, Richmond United Neighborhoods, January 1987-May 1988. 


Housing Planner, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, March 1983-December 1986. Provided public education on Virginia’s landlord-tenant laws. 

Executive Director, Virginia Housing Coalition, June 1981-February 1983. Initial staffer of statewide network of local housing nonprofits.




Board Member, Justice Coalition of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. June 2011- Present. The Justice Coalition is committed to supporting our neighbors who have been treated unjustly by the corrupt criminal justice system. 


Board Member, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley. June 2007-June 2010.


Membership Chair, Caucasians United for Reparations and Emancipation, small national organization of white allies of the descendants of slaves seeking reparations. April 2005-April 2007.


Board Member, Arlington Village Housing Corporation, May 1995-May 1998. Served as Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of economically and racially diverse housing cooperative. 


Co-founder and Steering Committee Member, Virginia Neighborhoods
Conference, an annual program of workshops for neighborhood leaders. September 1984-September 1989. 


Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of Richmond United
Neighborhoods, April 1983-December 1986.


December 1981-1985: Member of Richmond Urban Institute, an ecumenical multi-ethnic organization of community leaders. 





“A Case Study: Professional Advocates Can Be Accountable to People of Color,” published in Accountability and Anti-Racist Organizing: Stories From Our Work, edited by Bonnie Berman Cushing et. al., Crandall, Dostie and Douglass, 2010. 


“Housing Organizing for the Long Haul: Building on Experience,” published in A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda, Temple University Press, 2006.


“A Response to David Horowitz’s ‘Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Blacks is a Bad Idea -- and Racist Too,” published in The Debtors: Whites Respond to a Call for Black Reparations, Caucasians United for Reparation and Emancipation, 2005.

The Internet: What It Can and Can’t Do for Activists, a self-published
booklet, presented as a paper at the 1996 global meeting of the Internet




Virginia Affordable Housing Hall of Fame, June 2011


Lifetime Achievement Award as Organizer and Movement Builder, Virginia Organizing, August 2010




After one year at the University of Michigan
Honors Program, I dropped out for many years. In 2003, I returned to college at
Eastern Mennonite University, and graduated with a B.S. in Organizational




Wrote and designed World Wide Web site for Social Justice


Spoke on the Internet and advocacy at the 1995 Montréal
meeting of the Internet Society, and provided Internet training at meetings of
several anti-poverty and community development organizations. 


Program chair for 1995 Annual National Low Income Housing
Conference, and for the 1985 and 1986 Virginia Neighborhoods Conferences. 


Testified before the House and Senate Banking Committees. 



Consulting for organizers and nonprofits


Larry Lamar Yates has helped hundreds of groups work effectively, and has great stories to tell.


Larry Lamar Yates can understand and communiciate complex technical ideas to ordinary folks.