Merrill Series 2010

Real Power from the Bottom Up: Grassroots Organizing for the Purpose of Effecting Change

Tuesday, May 11

Guests included:

Alan Khazei
Alan Khazei is a leading nonprofit entrepreneur and lifelong public servant. He is the cofounder of City Year, and the founder of Be the Change, Inc., two innovative nonprofits that have touched the lives of millions by inspiring Americans from all walks of life to unite in service. In 2006, US News and World Report named Alan one of America's 25 Best Leaders and the Boston Globe Magazine identified him as one of 11 Bostonians Changing the World.

Jonathan Hiatt ’66
Since September 2009, Jon Hiatt has been the Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. Jon was appointed General Counsel of the AFL-CIO in 1995. Previously, Jon served for eight years as the General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union, a 1.5 million-member labor organization based in Washington, D.C., where he directed the union's legal department.

Tony Mack ’82
Tony Mack is a freelance grassroots organizing consultant and on the steering committee of Cambridge-Somerville for Change, which began as a volunteer committee that formed to support Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign. From 1998 – 2005 he was the Regional Director of Massachusetts Neighbor to Neighbor, which builds power in low-income and working class communities around economic justice issues.

David Kravitz '82 (Moderator)
David Kravitz '82 is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer, former Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts and a specialist in appellate litigation. He is also a professional opera singer. He co-founded Blue Mass Group in 2004, which has become the leading voice for the progressive Netroots community in Massachusetts.