Organizational Updates from Indivisible

We have exciting updates to share with you about how things are working at Indivisible.

Indivisible’s early organizational development

Back in early 2017 as the Indivisible movement was growing at a breathtaking pace, it became clear we needed to do something to respond to all of the emails and requests for support coming from these new civic leaders. In response, we formed a relationship with two nonprofit incubators—Tides and The Advocacy Fund—which incubated our 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) projects. We are able to use these two nonprofit structures to engage in a wide range of activities on different fronts—for instance, our 501(c)(3) focuses on nonpartisan civic engagement, while our 501(c)(4) supports our advocacy and electoral work. Throughout 2017, as the Indivisible movement spread and grew, our organizational effort did as well, with the crucial support of these two incubators.

The next stage for Indivisible

Heading into 2018, as we fought against TrumpCare and the Trump Tax Scam, and as Indivisible groups threw themselves into the Virginia and Alabama elections, Indivisible the organization continued to grow to support this local leadership. With this continued growth, it became clear that we were getting ready to leave the nest and strike out on our own. And that’s what this blog post is about!

Indivisible Civics and Indivisible Project

In 2017, we applied for independent 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) status from the IRS. These two entities are the Indivisible Civics, our 501(c)(3), and Indivisible Project, our 501(c)(4). Indivisible Civics will focus on building long-term progressive infrastructure and strengthening a culture of civic engagement. Indivisible Project is an organization that can make advocacy a primary part of its work and engage in some electoral politics.

Having two entities like this is a common arrangement and a natural next step for many organizations like ours. It doesn’t mean hiring a second staff. It will not have a major impact on how you interact with the Indivisible Project already as a group member or group leader.  Still, it’s a milestone we’re excited about.

In tandem with our 501(c)(4), launching a 501(c)(3) means we can engage in the full spectrum of work that our groups are asking for: political, advocacy, and strengthening Indivisible groups through trainings and capacity building. It also means we will have a new channel for accepting contributions that will help us keep our sources of support diverse and sustainable. You can read more about Indivisible Civics here.  

Announcing our boards of directors for Indivisible Civics and Indivisible Project

As we were growing over the course of 2017, we sought out leaders in the progressive movement and other fields for advice, guidance, and support. We were fortunate to find many such folks who were passionate about Indivisible’s mission and about helping our fledgling organization take off. As we moved to independent organizational status, we are deeply honored to have many of these leaders agree to join our boards of directors to help guide and lead the organizations in 2018 and beyond.

As we built our board, we knew there were certain values we hoped they would share: experience building organizations like ours, bold leadership across different fields, and a deep belief in the power of grassroots movements to change the world. Our new board members  are all of that and more, and we’re lucky to have them join us. They’ve all been not just leaders, but game-changers in their fields. They come from a spectrum of progressive missions—labor, immigrant rights, anti-poverty, politics, technology, and public service. These are leaders that have inspired us and influenced our thinking.

They are all also huge fans of the Indivisible movement. Everyone who’s signed on to join us is here because they’ve been inspired by the work Indivisibles are doing, following their victories, and excited by the potential of what we can all create together. We’re excited for you to meet them.

Our Board – Indivisible Project 501(c)(4)

Marielena Hincapié

Marielena Hincapié
Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center

Marielena Hincapié (Board President) is the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, the main organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the U.S. Under her executive leadership, NILC has grown to be one of the premier immigrants’ rights organizations, strategically using a combination of litigation, policy, communications, and alliance-building strategies to effect social change. Ms. Hincapié is highly respected for her legal and political strategies. Fully bilingual and bicultural, Ms. Hincapié serves as a resource to immigrants, advocates, policymakers, and media alike. She is often interviewed by media outlets such as Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Univisión, Telemundo, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among others. She also is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences. Whether litigating important legal precedent-setting cases, testifying before Congress, meeting with President Obama or with low-income immigrant families, she is recognized as a passionate advocate and authentic leader.

Among the awards Ms. Hincapié has received are Univision’s Corazón Award for 2013, in honor of her commitment to the Latino community. The media company, which honors one organization and one individual each year, cited her leadership at the National Immigration Law Center as a key reason she received the award. In 2014, she received the Latina of Influence award from Hispanic Lifestyle, the National Public Service Award from Stanford Law School, and was selected as a Prime Mover Fellow by the Hunt Alternatives Fund. She also recently served as the Northeastern University School of Law Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellow and the Practitioner-in-Residence at the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Ms. Hincapié immigrated as a child from Medellín, Colombia, to Central Falls, Rhode Island. She is the youngest of 10 children. Follow Marielena on Twitter: @MarielenaNILC

Bill Dempsey

Bill Dempsey
Chief Financial Officer, SEIU

Bill Dempsey has over twenty-five years of experience developing new strategies for under-served communities to advance racial and economic justice. He has worked as a community and labor organizer, a political campaign manager and a non-profit leader. He currently serves in the executive office of the Service Employees International Union where he chairs SEIU’s $2 billion pension and benefit funds, oversees the union’s strategic research work, and manages the union’s investor activism work, finances and operations.

Prior to returning to SEIU, he was the Senior Vice President and CFO at the Nathan Cummings Foundation where he oversaw an endowment with over $450 million in assets and supervised $17 million in annual grants. Mr. Dempsey began his career in the Midwest where he organized large- scale community reinvestment coalitions in Gary, IN and Milwaukee. He also co-founded the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and the Cesar Chavez Community Center. He has managed numerous electoral campaigns for progressive City, County and State legislative candidates. He served as a Program Officer for the Veatch Program, founded the UFCW’s Capital Stewardship
Program, and directed SEIU’s Capital Stewardship Program.

Mr. Dempsey is a volunteer advisor to many workers centers, civil rights groups, philanthropies, public policy makers, LGBT groups and immigrant rights organizations. Mr. Dempsey serves on the boards of the New World Foundation, the Christensen Fund, the Center for Community Change Action, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Americans for Financial Reform and
the Workers Lab.

Christie George

Christie George
Director, New Media Ventures

Christie George is the Director of New Media Ventures, the first national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change. At New Media Ventures, she has overseen a portfolio of more than 40 non-profits and for profits, including NationalField, Sum of Us, and Upworthy.

Christie’s work centers on fostering an independent, vibrant, and diverse media sector. She has spent her career supporting individuals and institutions that are making media that matters—from independent filmmakers documenting powerful stories to social entrepreneurs disrupting the way media is created, distributed and promoted.

Christie started her career at a venture capital firm, spent six years managing sales and marketing for Women Make Movies, the world’s leading distributor of films by and about women, and is a co-founder of Louder, the crowd-promotion platform for ideas that matter. She serves on the board of the Roosevelt Institute and was recently named a Social Citizen Ambassador by the Case Foundation.
Christie holds a BA from Yale University and a MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford, where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship and graduated with the Said Prize, awarded annually to the program’s top student. She lives in Oakland and is a proud co-owner of the Rio Theater in Monte Rio, CA.

Heather C. McGhee

Heather C. McGhee
President, Demos

Heather C. McGhee is President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.

A recognized thought leader on the national stage, McGhee frequently appears on shows such as Meet the Press, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Her opinions, writing and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including The New York Times, The Nation, and The Hill. She is one of The Root’s 23 Black Political Pundits You Should Know and one of Grist’s 50 People You’ll Be Talking about in 2016. She has received the NYU’s McSilver Award for Leaders in the Fight Against Poverty and Citizen Action of New York’s Progressive Leadership Award.

In 2009, she co-chaired a task force within Americans for Financial Reform that helped shape key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In 2008, she served as John Edwards’ Deputy Policy Director in charge of Domestic and Economic Policy, where she crafted a domestic policy platform that was widely praised for being the most ambitious and detailed in that election cycle.

She is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation and serves on the boards of the Center for Working Families and Consumer Reports. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

Tom Perriello

Tom Perriello
CEO, Win Virginia

Born and raised in Charlottesville, Tom Perriello has a track record of results fighting corruption, expanding economic fairness, and promoting reconciliation in conflict zones and communities back home. He has been a teacher, a non-profit executive, a Congressman, and a diplomat. Tom is the youngest of four children of Linda and Vito Perriello. His parents and his parish taught him the ethic of service and the value of a purpose-driven life.

Tom has served as Congressman, representing the Fifth District of Virginia and serving on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. He has also worked as the CEO of the Center for American Progress’s Action a Fund and a diplomat in the State Department.

Tom has taught courses on transitional justice at the University of Virginia School of Law and University of Sierra Leone, and is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School. He is the CEO of WinVirginia, a PAC dedicated to flipping Virginia’s General Assembly and supporting Democrats up and down the ticket. ​

Co-Executive Directors,
Leah Greenberg and
Ezra Levin

Leah Greenberg most recently served as Policy Director for the Tom Perriello for Governor of Virginia campaign. She previously managed human trafficking grants and programs as an Investments Manager for Humanity United, served as an Advisor to the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, and worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Tom Perriello (D-VA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Ezra Levin most recently served as Associate Director of Federal Policy for Prosperity Now, a national anti-poverty nonprofit. Previously, he served as Deputy Policy Director for Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Field Director for Doggett’s 2010 reelection campaign, and an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Homeless Services Division of the San Jose Housing Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Our Board: Indivisible Civics 501(c)(3)

Meighan Stone

Meighan Stone
Senior Fellow, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Meighan Stone (Board President) is a senior fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), focusing on women’s economic empowerment, girls’ education, and refugee policy. She joined CFR from serving as entrepreneurship fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, where she researched refugee policy and collaborated with Harvard faculty to foster social innovation.

As president of the Malala Fund, Stone worked with founder and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai from 2014 to 2017 to empower girls globally to learn and lead without fear. She has led high-level advocacy, international development and media projects with Bono’s ONE Campaign, the United Nations, Global Partnership for Education, World Economic Forum, G7 summits and with political campaigns, world leaders and technology corporations globally.

Named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and to ELLE Magazine’s 2017 “Women in Washington Power List,” Stone serves as executive chairwoman of Pencils of Promise and on the boards of  Congressman John Lewis’ bipartisan Faith and Politics Institute, Indivisible, Civic Engagement Fund, Sweet Briar College, and girls’ coding initiative Kode With Klossy.

Indivar Dutta-Gupta

Indivar Dutta-Gupta
Co-Executive Director, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality

Indivar Dutta-Gupta is Co-Executive Director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality where he leads work to develop and advance ideas for reducing poverty and economic inequality in the U.S., with particular attention to gender and racial equity. Indivar also serves on the National Academy of Social Insurance’s (NASI) board of directors and is a member of the Poverty, Employment and Self-Sufficiency Network, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Canada’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty Reduction.

Previously, Indivar was Project Director at Freedman Consulting, LLC, leading strategic initiatives for major philanthropies, children’s groups, and workers’ organizations. Indivar served as Senior Policy Advisor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, focusing on budget and tax policies and cross-cutting low-income issues. Earlier, he focused on safety net, tax, and social insurance programs and policies as U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Professional Staff.

As an Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Indivar worked for DC Hunger Solutions and the Center for American Progress. Indivar has been named a First Focus Campaign for Children Champion for Children and was awarded the Congressional Hunger Center Alumni Leadership Award (2016). He was named one of Washington Life magazine’s most Influential 40-And-Under Leaders (2013) and Rising Stars 40 And Under (2016). Indivar is an honors graduate of the University of Chicago and a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

David Slifka

David Slifka
Co-Founder, Amplify

 

David Slifka is part of the wave of individuals who became civically engaged in the wake of the 2016 election. Recognizing the need for improved infrastructure serving fellow grassroots activists, he co-founded Amplify, an app helping Indivisible chapters and other resistance organizations around the country take action as a team. He also serves as founding board chair of Rapid Resist.

David began his career as an investor for non-profit institutions, including Yale University and the YMCA Retirement Fund. He remains active as an investor and lecturer on financial topics, in addition to serving on various non-profit boards. .  David holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Wharton.

Co-Executive Directors,
Leah Greenberg and
Ezra Levin

Leah Greenberg most recently served as Policy Director for the Tom Perriello for Governor of Virginia campaign. She previously managed human trafficking grants and programs as an Investments Manager for Humanity United, served as an Advisor to the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, and worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Tom Perriello (D-VA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Ezra Levin most recently served as Associate Director of Federal Policy for Prosperity Now, a national anti-poverty nonprofit. Previously, he served as Deputy Policy Director for Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Field Director for Doggett’s 2010 reelection campaign, and an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Homeless Services Division of the San Jose Housing Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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