Interview with Richard Baron, CEO of McCormack Baron Salazar

While moving from tenant organizing to affordable housing development and comprehensive community revitalization seems perfectly natural to us here at Shelterforce, since we were founded by tenant organizers and legal services lawyers, it still surprises many people that Richard Baron, the CEO of one of the largest for-profit affordable housing developers, McCormack Baron Salazar, got his start in the field supporting public housing tenants in a rent strike. We talked with him about how he got started, what he’s learned from his journey, and directions for the field.