• Wellstone Action – eleven years at the largest and leading movement building institute in the US - my last position for three years was as Director of Strategic Initiatives (2004-2015)
  • Director Northeast MN Labor Education Service – University of Minnesota Duluth (2001-2005)
  • AFSCME – seven years as an organizer and staff representative (1994-2001)
  • Faculty - Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) Program – eleven years as faculty and founding member (2004-present)
  • Built and led several labor-community coalitions, including the Duluth Living Wage Campaign, the first coalition to attach wage requirements to corporate subsidies (1996)
  • All levels of electoral campaigns – most recently MN United for All Families (2012), Lead Consultant for the Australian Labor Party, Tasmania (2011), MN GOTV Consultant (2014; 2010; 2008; 2006; 2004) – managed or served as General Consultant for three gubernatorial races and over two dozen legislative, mayoral, city council, school board and county commissioner races 
  • Candidate recruitment and development – helped recruit dozens of candidates and helped shape their message and campaign and personal narratives
  • Worked with some of the largest unions and organizing networks in the United States, including the AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA, LIUNA, USW, NEA and numerous state affiliates, PICO, NPA, CCC, BISC, State Voices, Working Families Party, as well as doing work in Australia with Campaign Action!, United Voice, Finance Sector Union, Get Up!  Unions New South Wales, and the Sydney Alliance.     
  • 18 years as an adjunct professor in American Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota
  • Leadership Fellow – Broadbent Institute, Ottawa Canada
  • BA in Viral Immunology (1979); Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota (1994). 



For the past two decades I’ve worked with some of the most powerful unions, progressive advocacy non-profits, and community coalitions in the US and internationally.   An organizer first and foremost, my focus is around strategic planning and messaging; organizational change that supports deep member-driven organizing and leadership development; curriculum design and training; and developing strategic, grassroots issue and electoral campaigns.