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Grassroots Organizing Training

September 27, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Local, longtime activist and organizer Karen May will facilitate a workshop + discussion on the following; methods of organizing, historic local campaigns, and current union organizing efforts.

Karen has a passion for coalitions and collaboration, involving stakeholders and community organizing in designing and implementing political and economic solutions that help lift communities out of poverty with “triple-bottom line” results, incorporating social, economic, and environmental benefits. With more than 25 years of experience in community organizing, stakeholder engagement and training, project creation and management, strategic planning, policy development and implementation, entrepreneurial training, fundraising and development finance, she brings collaborative tools to civic, political, and community environments.

Since the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, Karen has focused much of her work on community and political organizing at scales ranging from the hyper-local to national collaboratives. She has focused on building bridges between progressive activists and Democratic electoral politics, guiding her county as CADEM Coordinated Campaign coordinator through electoral victories in 2020 and subsequently as a core County Central Committee leader, as well as continuing regional, state, and national coalition work.

Prior to 2016 , Karen specialized in small & medium size enterprise (SME) scale development and filling equity financing gaps through innovative social enterprise and equity finance vehicles. Her experience highlights include the creation of several “community development venture capital funds,” and policy projects partnering with luminaries such as then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama and officials with the Clinton administration. Her early career experience working directly with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers gave her a love of community organizing and leadership development, and a firm belief that successful development projects must include strong community components.


Karen’s educational background includes an M.S. in Community Economic Development and an M.A. in Economic Analysis with a concentration in International Policy and the Political Economy of Development, and a B.A. from Pomona College


Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
1050 North Mills Ave
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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