Alan Jennings

Program Host

Alan L. Jennings has been with the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley since 1980, becoming its executive director in 1990.  During that time, CACLV created a wide range of anti-poverty initiatives, including the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Sixth Street Shelter, weatherization and other energy assistance programs, entrepreneurial training and microlending, homeownership counseling and foreclosure mitigation and neighborhood revitalization.  The agency has an $18 million annual budget and employs 100 people. Alan has been outspoken in its effort to promote economic justice, affecting extensive public policy changes and building the region's capacity to address its problems.  The agency has received numerous national, state and local awards for its work, as has Alan, including being named by The Morning Call as one of the six most influential activists of the 20th century.  Alan is also on the adjunct faculty at Lehigh University, teaching social entrepreneurship.