Network


 

Leading change is a function of desire and capacity.

 

A deep desire for change must be coupled with a capacity to create change. Leadership must be recruited, trained and developed to build strong relationships, motivate engagement, strategize creatively and act effectively on the scale required to achieve success.

Processes must be developed to encourage continual learning, adaptation, and renewal. And structures must be designed to create space in which “change constituencies” can organize, grow stronger, and flourish. This is at the core of our mission.

     
Kanoko Kamata
Community Organizing in Japan
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Kanoko Kamata
Organization: Community Organizing in Japan
Daniel May
J Street University
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Daniel May
Organization: J Street University
Matt Lewis
Emory University
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Matt Lewis
Organization: Emory University
Sarah Kopse-Sholberg
Leading Change Network
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Sarah Kopse-Sholberg
Organization: Leading Change Network
Rachel Konforty
Facing History & Ourselves
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Rachel Konforty
Organization: Facing History & Ourselves
Vicki Kaplan
MoveOn.org, Online Organizer
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Vicki Kaplan
Organization: MoveOn.org, Online Organizer
Mais Irqsusi
Middle East Organizing Initiative, Ahel
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Mais Irqsusi
Organization: Middle East Organizing Initiative, Ahel
Hui Huang
St. Lawrence University
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Hui Huang
Organization: St. Lawrence University
Duncan Hilton
Diomass Leadership Development
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Duncan Hilton
Organization: Diomass Leadership Development
Esther Handy
Office of the Mayor, Seattle, WA
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Esther Handy
Organization: Office of the Mayor, Seattle, WA
Ashraf Hamzah
Youth Organizer
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Ashraf Hamzah

Ashraf has always been active in voluntary and community work. Since 1998, he has volunteered with the Syrian Red Crescent, focusing on HIV/AIDS, community based health first aid (CBHFA), disaster management, and first aid projects until he became a trainer in all the mentioned fields. With the Red Crescent he coordinated many campaigns in Syria. In 2010, he became an active member in the Youth Agenda Initiative running more than a hundred focus group sessions in the whole of Syria which is when he was first exposed to community organizing.

He was among the coaching team trained in 2010 and in 2011, he studied community organizing with professor Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School. March 2011, he lead the Syrian organizing training team that trained close to 300 Syrian youth throughout 2011. Outside Syria, he was recruited to join few trainings in Lebanon, Amman, and Tunisia. Ashraf is a graduate of the Arab European University in Damascus as a computer and communication engineer, and this year he completes his masters degree in advanced telecommunication. Professionally, he is the coordinator of a network for peace building and negotiations with Responding to Conflict. Born in Swaida-Syria in 1985.

Organization: Youth Organizer
Mensur Haliti
OSI Roma Initiatives
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Mensur Haliti
Organization: OSI Roma Initiatives
Natalie Elaine Finstad
Be the Change
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Natalie Elaine Finstad
Organization: Be the Change
Nizar Farsakh
PLO General Delegation to US
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Nizar Farsakh
Organization: PLO General Delegation to US
Erin McFee
ReThink Health
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Erin McFee
Organization: ReThink Health
Tamar Miller
Interfaith Initiatives, Middle East
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Tamar Miller
Organization: Interfaith Initiatives, Middle East
Katiusca Moreno
Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Katiusca Moreno
Organization: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ana Babovic
Serbia on the Move
Meet Ana
Ana Babovic

Born in Belgrade, Serbia. As ten years old girl knew what she wants to be when she grows up and in 2006 she obtained a degree in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. She started working in NGO and moved shortly to the Government where she worked for the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration as advisor and head of department for five years. Since she believes that we have to constantly improve our knowledge, she attended Master studies in the field of European integration and Regionalism at the University of Graz, Austria and obtained Master’s degree.

Inequality between citizens and politicians, reluctance of politicians to listen about the needs of their fellow citizens, and apathy of people to fight for their rights brought her to initiate creation of the CSO Serbia on the move, with aim of motivating citizens to create a change that will make their life better.

In 2010 attended the course Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change of Harvard Kennedy School of Government Long distance program, where she learned about community organizing. Since then Serbia on the move conducted few organizing campaigns in Serbia.

Driven by the great energy and enthusiasm of people engaged in community organizing all around the world whom she met at the Annual Leading Change conference, held in Boston on July 2012 she brought decision to change her job and move full time to civil society and community organizing. Since August 2012 she is Executive Director of the CSO Serbia on the move.

Organization: Serbia on the Move
Serena Zhang
Student
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Serena Zhang
Organization: Student
Kelsey Wirth
Climate Change Organizer; Mothers Out Front
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Kelsey Wirth
Organization: Climate Change Organizer; Mothers Out Front
Jesse Wilderman
Organizer
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Jesse Wilderman
Organization: Organizer
Ruth Wageman
Harvard University; Rethink Health
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Ruth Wageman
Organization: Harvard University; Rethink Health
Chris Torres
New Organizing Institute
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Chris Torres
Organization: New Organizing Institute
Tiffany Steinwart
Syracuse University
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Tiffany Steinwart
Organization: Syracuse University
Christina Sanchez
Parent Revolution, School Reform
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Christina Sanchez
Organization: Parent Revolution, School Reform
Michele Rudy
United We Dream
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Michele Rudy
Organization: United We Dream
Celina Barrios Millner
Student Immigration Movement
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Celina Barrios Millner
Organization: Student Immigration Movement
Roshan Paul
Amani Institute
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Roshan Paul
Organization: Amani Institute
Momir Pantllic
Serbia on the Move
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Momir Pantllic
Organization: Serbia on the Move
Jennifer Oser
University of Pennsylvania
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Jennifer Oser
Organization: University of Pennsylvania
Samar Dudin
Ruwwad
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Samar Dudin
Organization: Ruwwad
Kristen Dore
Organizer, Trainer
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Kristen Dore
Organization: Organizer, Trainer
Voop De Vulpillieres
Trainer
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Voop De Vulpillieres
Organization: Trainer
Hope Wood
New Organizing Institute Education Fund - NOU
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Hope Wood
Organization: New Organizing Institute Education Fund - NOU
Uyen Doan
Primary Care Progress
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Uyen Doan
Organization: Primary Care Progress
Predrag Stojicic
Serbia On The Move
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Predrag Stojicic
Organization: Serbia On The Move
Meredith Mira
Meet Meredith
Meredith Mira
Emily Lin
Meet Emily
Emily Lin
Chis Lawrence-Pietoni
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Chis Lawrence-Pietoni
Shivani Kumar
Leadership Organizing Action, Leading Change
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Shivani Kumar
Organization: Leadership Organizing Action, Leading Change
Rebecca Henderson
Harvard University
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Rebecca Henderson
Organization: Harvard University
Hahrie Han
Wellesley College
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Hahrie Han
Organization: Wellesley College
Nisreen Haj Ahmad
Ahel
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Nisreen Haj Ahmad
Organization: Ahel
Personal Site: http://ahel.org/?cat=1
Ella Auchincloss
Leadership Development Initiative
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Ella Auchincloss
Organization: Leadership Development Initiative
Daniel Grandone
The Leading Change Network
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Daniel Grandone

Dan Grandone is the Organizing Director for the Leading Change Network. He specializes in the practice of community organizing, building grassroots organizations throughout America. From 1999-2006, he worked in St. Louis, Missouri as a faith-based organizer on campaigns including a workforce development agreement that became a national model for low-income and minority hiring on highway construction projects. In 2008, he played a role in Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign and was also the Wisconsin State Director with Organizing for America from 2009-2011. He helped pass national health care reform and was involved with the Wisconsin’s workers right’s protests. He has trained thousands of organizers and leaders throughout the country and abroad.

 

Dan also currently serves as a Campaign Coach in South Carolina with ReThink Health Organizing. He received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, MSW from St. Louis University and MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dan was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University with Dr. Marshall Ganz, with whom he taught community organizing. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and two sons where he enjoys fly fishing and live music.

 

Organization: The Leading Change Network
Phone: (414) 477-5929
Kate Hilton
Organizing for Health, an Initiative of ReThink Health
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Kate Hilton
Organization: Organizing for Health, an Initiative of ReThink Health
Joy Cushman
PICO National Network
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Joy Cushman
Organization: PICO National Network
Matt Baggetta
University of Indiana
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Matt Baggetta
Organization: University of Indiana
Kwesi Chappin
New Organizing Institute
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Kwesi Chappin
Organization: New Organizing Institute
Nadia Chambers
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
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Nadia Chambers
Organization: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
Elizabeth Carter
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
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Elizabeth Carter
Organization: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
Heather Box
The Million Person Project
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Heather Box
Organization: The Million Person Project
Rick Battistoni
Providence College
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Rick Battistoni
Organization: Providence College
Kareem Bardeesy
University of Toronto
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Kareem Bardeesy
Organization: University of Toronto
Devon Anderson
Episcopal Church
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Devon Anderson
Organization: Episcopal Church
Deborah Ancona
MIT Sloan School
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Deborah Ancona
Organization: MIT Sloan School
Linda LeGerrette
Cesar Chavez Service Clubs
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Linda LeGerrette
Organization: Cesar Chavez Service Clubs
Carlos LeGerrette
Cesar Chavez Service Clubs
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Carlos LeGerrette
Organization: Cesar Chavez Service Clubs
Rawan Zeine
Ahel
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Rawan Zeine
Organization: Ahel
Mary Hannah Henderson
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Mary Hannah Henderson
Organization: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Nikola Ilic
Serbia On The Move
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Nikola Ilic
Organization: Serbia On The Move
Jake Waxman
Meet Jake
Jake Waxman
Marshall Ganz
Harvard University
Meet Marshall
Marshall Ganz

“My own experience grew out of questions I first asked myself in 1964, as I completed my third year at Harvard College, became active in the civil rights, and volunteered for the Mississippi Summer Project. There, I found a calling that I would pursue for the next 28 years–organizing migrant farm workers, community organizations, trade unions, and electoral politics. Like so many other activists, I was so absorbed in the work, I made little time to reflect or learn from it, much less, write about it. In 1991, hoping to deepen my understanding, I returned to Harvard, completed my undergraduate degree, a member of the class of 1964-92, an MPA in 1993, and a PhD in Sociology in 2000. When I joined the Kennedy School faculty, I discovered a second calling as a teacher, scholar, and advocate and found myself moved by values rooted in the same life experience that had set me on my path initially: the calling of my parents, a rabbi and a teacher; and our experiences living in postwar Germany, where my father served as army chaplain, working with Holocaust survivors in search of hope; and the Passover Seders that taught me that the journey from slavery to freedom is not confined to one people, place, or time; and the critical role of young people, contributing their critical eyes and hopeful hearts to the work of change and revitalization. “

 

Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, entered Harvard College in the fall of 1960. In 1964, a year before graduating, he left to volunteer as a civil rights organizer in Mississippi. In 1965, he joined Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Over the next 16 years he gained experience in union, community, issue, and political organizing and became Director of Organizing. During the 1980s, he worked with grassroots groups to develop effective organizing programs, designing innovative voter mobilization strategies for local, state, and national electoral campaigns. In 1991, in order to deepen his intellectual understanding of his work, he returned to Harvard College and, after a 28-year “leave of absence,” completed his undergraduate degree in history and government. He was awarded an MPA by the Kennedy School in 1993 and completed his PhD in sociology in 2000. He teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. His newest book, Why David Sometimes Wins: leadership, organization and strategy in the California farm worker movement was published in 2009, earning the Michael J. Harrington Book Award of the American Political Science Association.

Organization: Harvard University
Personal Site: www.marshallganz.com
Phone: 617-495-3937