Marshall Ganz is a veteran organizer, trainer, and educator. His formative work with the United Farm Workers (UFW) movement for 16 years —as well as other grassroots groups — helped to create the grassroots mobilization model used today by many unions, nonprofits, and political campaigns.
A child of a rabbi and a teacher, Ganz grew up in California. He left Harvard a year before graduation, and found a “calling” as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In the fall of 1965, Ganz joined Cesar Chavez in California in his effort to unionize the state’s farm workers. During his time on staff at the UFW, Ganz made valuable contributions to the direction and organizing strategies of the union. Later on in the 1980’s, Ganz went on to provide strategic consultation for numerous political campaigns. In 1987, he formed and served as executive director of Services for two different organizing groups, Organizing and Leadership and The Organizing Institute. His work there focused on leading effective voter registration, get-out-the-vote training, and organizer workshops.
Now, Ganz is a senior lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. He has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Political Science Review, American Prospect,Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, among many others.
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