Mr. Clay has been committed to achieving racial and economic justice his entire professional career. He began his legal career as a law clerk at the Insight Center and returned 30 years later as its President.
Prior to rejoining the Insight Center, Mr. Clay was the General Counsel of the California Housing Finance Agency, a partner with the law firm of Goldfarb & Lipman advising housing and community economic development organizations. He later became the Vice-President with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, promoting permanent housing with services for people at risk of homelessness and a Senior Fellow at the Institute on Race & Poverty at the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Clay has been a leader in the legal profession for more than 35 years. He was the Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and twice served as the Chair of the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. In 2009, he was awarded the Michael Scher Award by the ABA for his outstanding commitment to housing and community development law. He is also the 1990 recipient of the Distinguished Counsel Award from the Housing and Development Law Institute. Mr. Clay is the co-editor of the book, Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers, and Policymakers, published by the ABA.
Mr. Clay has served in numerous community and professional leadership roles. He was the Chair of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, the Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the California State Bar of and was an initial board member or founder of numerous organizations. Some of his other board memberships have included the Center for Community Change, the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty, and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. He currently is on the board of the Center for Social Inclusion.
Mr. Clay has been an active volunteer for his alma mater, Stanford University. He served as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Stanford Alumni Association, and currently is on the national advisory boards for the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. He is the recipient of the Gold Spike award, the University’s highest award for volunteer leadership service.
Mr. Clay has a B.A. in sociology from Stanford University, M.S.W. from UCLA and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the California and United States Supreme Court Bars.