Joan Minieri

Joan-MinieriJoan Minieri, National Program Director.  Joan supports local program development and manages the network’s communications, documentation and faculty and student engagement.  She also co-coordinates our work in New York. She brings extensive experience in community organizing, popular education, program development, writing and teaching – all of which she is excited to bring to supporting the next generation of change agents. She is the co-author of Tools for Radical Democracy: How to Organize for Power in Your Community, an award-winning text, widely used in the field and in academic courses.  She is on the adjunct faculty at the Columbia University School of Social Work and at New York University, where she is also a Senior Fellow at the Research Center for Leadership in Action.  Joan co-founded Community Voices Heard (CVH), now a powerful statewide membership organization of low-income New Yorkers, for which she received a Leadership for a Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation.  She served as founding co-director of the New York City Organizing Support Center for which she received a Union Square Award; Interim Executive Director of the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing; and Communications Director for the National Religious Partnership for the Environment. Joan holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work, where she later returned as a Charles H. Revson Fellow to study the connections among social movements, art and spiritual traditions.  Joan lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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