For The Record

Margaret Rockwell, L’19, attorney and assistant vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting, was part of a team that recently examined ways to address housing inequality through zoning and planning laws.

In May, the firm published Zoning and Segregation in Virginia, Part 2, which documents the history of housing segregation in Virginia and makes recommendations to local and state governments for reducing inequities.

“We hope it starts a conversation about why we still have racial segregation in Virginia. Hopefully this encourages individuals to seek solutions and to take steps to start fully integrating our society here in Virginia,” said Rockwell, who specializes in infrastructure and economic development.

“There is a clear dichotomy between Virginia’s poor record of housing integration and its vision for expanding economic growth. It’s time for government and the private sector to take direct, intentional action to address the lack of integrated communities in the commonwealth. This action will, in turn, increase Black wealth, which will ultimately increase the economic capabilities of the state.”