Gena Gunn McClendon, PhD is the director of Asset Building in States and Coalitions and co-director of the Financial Capability and Asset Building Initiative at the Center for Social Development, the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work with the center primarily involves policy research analysis and consultation with community-based asset-building programs, state and federal policymakers and advocacy groups.
Dr. McClendon’s program development and policy advocacy work focuses on coalition development, asset building and policy for low- and moderate-income households and marginalized populations to address issues related to the racial wealth gap. Her research focuses on identifying and advancing asset-building policy strategies for state and regional coalitions. She also co-leads the Financial Capability and Asset Building Initiative, which focuses on the development and research of a post-secondary curriculum in financial social work.
Dr. McClendon earned a PhD in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. She received her Master of Management and Leadership degree from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO and Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.