Gary Delgado was one of the initial organizers for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or ACORN, a collection of community-based organizations that advocated for the rights of low-income communities. Today, Delgado has amassed an impressive portfolio of civil rights contributions and achievements, including as a campaign advisor, visiting professor, researcher, community organizer, founding director of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) and later served as the founding director of the Applied Research Center, (now Race Forward) until 2007. In addition to his organizing work, Delgado has also been heavily involved in various academic pursuits, which he says has helped “develop intellectual ammunition for community groups involved in racial justice work.” He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 1983 and went on to write two books and more than 40 articles on race and social change.