Leadership

Board of Directors

The LCN board provides leadership to its staff, members, and supporters in realizing LCN’s purpose of strengthening democratic values, practices, and institutions by building a global community of practice whose participants recruit, train, and develop leadership; engage in continual learning to improve the practice of the craft; and create constituency based organizing capacity within key domains.  Our work to this end is in making major policy decisions, determining strategic direction, and mobilizing and managing the needed resources for sustained growth, development, and renewal.

Click the board members’ names or photos top learn more about them.

 

Elected members

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Art Reyes, President

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Christina Sánchez, Treasurer

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Predrag Stojicic, Secretary

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Hope Wood

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Jacob Waxman

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Jesse Wilderman

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Rawan Zeine

Appointed members

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Deepti Doshi

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Kanoko Kamata

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Marshall Ganz

 

 

Project Coordinators

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Shana Berger, Teaching Initiative

Shana Berger is the part-time coordinator of the Teaching Initiative of the Leading Change Network. She is excited about working with LCNTI because the work brings together her passion for teaching, organizing and faculty development. Shana is also the Director of a community college pilot program at Campus Compact, a membership organization of over 1100 colleges & universities committed to the public and civic purposes of higher education. Shana has over ten years of teaching and managerial experience working with adults and young people from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Most recently, Shana taught Developmental English, ESL, and College Writing at Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges in Boston. Shana has a B.A. in anthropology from Colby College and a master’s degree in adult education from Cornell University.

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Uyen Doan, Trainers’ Community of Practice

Uyen has devoted much of her life to organizing her communities in the fight for social justice, starting with her high school where she worked alongside fellow classmates to combat bullying and discrimination. Uyen continued her student organizing efforts throughout college and beyond. From 2009 to 2011, she attended the Harvard Kennedy School where she received her master’s in public policy. It was during this time that she was both a student and a teaching fellow for Marshall Ganz in his course “Organizing: People, Power, Change” and since then, she has continued to teach and train other organizers in the five-practices framework.

From 2011-2014, she held the role of National Manager of Training and Organizing with Primary Care Progress, working to fill the national shortage of primary care providers by organizing nationwide chapters of health care trainees. She is currently the Coordinator of New Organizing with the Center for Popular Democracy, an organization that seeks to win a pro-worker, pro-immigrant racial and economic justice agenda. Uyen has also been an active member of the Leading Change Network since its inception and among her various roles, she has served on the Leadership Team and is the coordinator of the Trainers’ Community of Practice.

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Nisreen Haj Ahmad, Global Affiliates

Nisreen Haj Ahmad is the founder and co-director of Ahel and Mujtama3i.org. She specialises in community organising to build constituency leadership to run collective action to achieve change. She provides consultation, training and coaching to campaign leaders based on a value based community organising framework in the Middle East. During the past five years, she accompanied and coached more than 9 grassroots campaigns in Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. Some campaigns aimed to achieve social change through behaviour change or policy amendment while others aimed to achieve political change through power over campaigns to uphold human rights. She studied community organizing with Marshall Ganz at Harvard Kennedy School  where she completed her Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration in 2008. She is an active member of the Leading Change Network and served on its leadership team in the past two years. Before organizing, she was a lawyer providing legal counsel to the Palestinian negotiating team in the peace talks with Israel from 1999 till 2005. In 1996, she received her LL.M from the University of Edinburgh and in 1995, BA in law from the University of Jordan. She resides in Amman, Jordan. www.ahel.org & www.mujtama3i.org

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Ashraf Hamzah, Digital

Ashraf studied community organizing online 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 computer and communication engineer, and he completed his masters degree in advanced telecommunication. Professionally, he worked as networking associate in the UNDP in Syria, then the coordinator of a network for peace building and negotiations with Responding to Conflict, then Nokia training manager in Jordan and now as full time organizer with Ahel organization. Born in Swaida-Syria in 1985.

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Elizabeth McKenna, Data & Technology and Research Initiative

Liz McKenna is a Ph.D. student in sociology at UC Berkeley where she studies state-society relations, movement organizing, and stratification. Before Berkeley, Liz organized in six favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for two years. In 2008 and 2012, she worked for the grassroots field arm of the Obama presidential campaign. Her book, Groundbreakers (co-authored with Hahrie Han, Oxford University Press, 2014) describes the strategies the Obama campaign used to train and activate an unprecedented number of citizen leaders in battleground states across the U.S. Liz holds a B.A. in social studies from Harvard.

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Maša Mišić, Communication Team

Maša Mišić, comes from Serbia where she was born, grew up and still lives today. By profession, she is a political scientist in the field of international relations, having majored in public relations. She currently works in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Serbian government’s Department for the Diaspora.

“At heart I am an activist, and I believe that if we apply ourselves, we can change a part of the world we live in. That’s why for the last 6 years I have been involved in community organizing in Serbia.” Maša is one of the founders of Serbia on the Move which organizes campaigns involving citizens to solve the critical problems of Serbian society. Some of the areas addressed are: corruption in the healthcare industry, activism of young people, ecology, and advancing the economic position of women in Serbia after they become mothers. Maša’s primary role is to create and implement PR strategies. Since May 2015, Maša has been the Coordinator of LCN’s Communication Team.

 

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