Movements, campaigns, causes and adventures: however people aim to create just and equitable communities, Grassroots Solutions is in. People make great things happen and we help turn their passion into action. We believe in the power of collective action to drive social change and achieve great wins.
Engagement strategy and evaluation: that’s what we do. We create strategies that advance progressive change and we evaluate programs so you can keep learning. Our team helps you find the right people, increase participation, inspire new leadership, collaborate more effectively and measure your impact.
Data is everywhere. Putting it to work for you is what matters. We leverage data to help you assess opportunities, track your progress and make real-time program adjustments.
Curiosity and creativity drive smart strategy. We design impactful and inventive engagement strategies that help you build greater power and get more people involved in your cause or campaign.
Connection is a catalyst for change. We help convert your strategy into action by offering expertise on the newest and best ways to connect with your supporters and sustain their participation over time.
Learning is power. We approach our evaluation work through a people-centered lens that results in rich data, participant buy-in, stronger programs and ultimately greater impact.
Our lab light is always on. We’ve dedicated a team to inventing new models and tools to advance positive social change.
Democracy works when people participate. Unfortunately, voter turnout is declining and voter suppression has increased. But elections are still a critical way to contest for power. To us, increasing participation, facilitating authentic conversations and welcoming new people into campaigns is not just the best way to win elections—it’s the right way to do politics.
Climate change is a reality and a new energy economy is the key to our future. We believe that effective organizing and the engagement of new allies represents the best path towards leaving a healthy planet for future generations.
Good health is the foundation for powerful communities. We want to disrupt the root causes of health inequity. That means working with the people and organizations that directly engage those harmed by health disparities to build greater health within their communities.
Over half of the world’s population is under the age of 30. Creating jobs and economic stability, along with pathways to civic and political participation for young people, are the keys to implementing long-term progressive change.
It’s time for all of us to grapple with issues of injustice and inequality. Whether it’s strategizing for LGBTQ liberation, advocating to end racism, or pushing for policies that increase economic security, we align our expertise with communities fighting for greater equity.
Founded in 1999, Grassroots Solutions was one of the first engagement consulting firms in the country. We are an experienced team of strategists, evaluators, innovators, campaigners and organizers (who also love animals, karaoke and fried foods on a stick) and we have dedicated our lives to social change work. We would love to get to know you.
Katie Fox is a Senior Strategist with Grassroots Solutions, based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Katie joined Grassroots Solutions in September 2021 and brings over 14 years of experience in social justice evaluation, grant-making, organizing, and advocacy. Katie is passionate about facilitating inclusive learning opportunities that are grounded in purpose and center the stories, experiences, and priorities of the most impacted communities.
An ardent supporter of grassroots-led change, Katie has particular expertise in evaluating community organizing, power building, social movements, and civic engagement. Since 2018, Katie has been creating and sharing guidance on the evaluation of grassroots social movements and power building. Through evaluation consulting, training, coaching, thought pieces, and presentations, Katie galvanizes the evaluation and philanthropic sectors to better understand and value grassroots work.
Prior to Grassroots Solutions, Katie was the Principal Associate at Innovation Network. While there, Katie led evaluation consultations including a multi-year evaluation of community power building in the Community Change Power in Places initiative; a developmental evaluation of the RISE Together Fund’s support to Black, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities; and a capacity and impact evaluation of the Kansas Health Foundation’s Integrated Voter Engagement cohort. While at Innovation Network, Katie also co-led the Social Movement Learning Project, a project that sought to enhance philanthropic understanding and support for social movements.
Other highlights of Katie’s career included managing and spending down the Berger-Marks Foundation, a private foundation that funded young women’s leadership in worker justice and labor organizations; supporting the grants management and program teams at the Proteus Fund; developing a new field organizing program at Corporate Accountability; and running environmental advocacy campaigns in New Hampshire.
Katie lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, Chris, and dog, Savvy. When she’s not working, you can find Katie biking on a local rail trail, reading speculative fiction, or hanging with friends and family.
Favorite place in the world:
Santo Tomas, Mexico, a little slice of heaven along the Sea of Cortez.
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sports teams you follow:
Boston sports all day every day and the Texas Longhorns
Clifton, our escape artist of a rescue dog who my kids and I love but my wife…not so much (did I mention he’s an escape artist?)
Eric has been a Principal with Grassroots Solutions since 2019. During his time at the firm, he has worked primarily with democracy-focused non-profits, state-based civic engagement leaders, and national philanthropic institutions and funds. His clients have included national organizations like State Voices, Indivisible, and the Opportunity Agenda, as well as state-based non-profits including MOVE Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project. Additionally, Eric works with philanthropic institutions like the Democracy Fund, Fetzer Institute, and the State Infrastructure Fund.
In his work with clients, Eric serves as a capacity-builder and an expert in democracy and philanthropic engagement. He holds a deep understanding of both national and state-based civic engagement infrastructure, as well as how organizations turn movements into power. He delivers strategy development, implementation, and facilitation expertise to organizations and institutions that allows teams to plan and work together effectively. Eric particularly enjoys helping foundations and donors cut through the noise in order to identify clear needs, gaps, and opportunities.
Prior to joining Grassroots Solutions, Eric was a leader in the philanthropic, civic engagement, and voting rights fields. He served as the Executive Director of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, created State Voices’ national voting rights and election administration program, led the national Election Protection Coalition, and was at the forefront of building the state election reform movement at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
When Eric isn’t working, he is spending time with his adorable children and incredible wife, enjoying the outdoors of Austin, TX, working out, and watching Boston sports.
Amrit is a Senior Strategist who has been with Grassroots Solutions since May 2021. She brings over 10 years of experience in strategic campaign research, coalition building, and labor-community organizing. Since joining the Grassroots Solutions team, Amrit has worked across funder evaluations and landscape assessments, including for the Ford Foundation. Prior to joining Grassroots Solutions, Amrit was the Assistant to the Judicial Panel Chairperson at AFSCME, where she coordinated cases, mentored AFSCME labor union leaders on writing decisions, and conducted constitutional research for an internal judicial system. Previously she was a Research Assistant and Organizer for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers where she worked with tradesmen and tradeswomen as a labor researcher to provide support for contract negotiations and worked in the field on new organizing campaigns. She began her career in the labor movement as a Strategic Researcher for the Michigan Nurses Association where she gained insight on the intersection of worker’s rights and public health advocacy.
Amrit is based in Kansas City, MO and holds a law degree from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in New York where she was a Health Law Fellow for three years and received a Citation of Excellence in Health Law. She received her B.S. in Human Biology and a minor in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Go Banana Slugs!
Evaluation and Learning Project Manager
Favorite place in the world:
El Chalten, Argentina – Patagonia!
My pets are:
A 3 year old Lab-Rhodesian mix named Koda.
Penguins! – They are goofy and curious creatures on land but fiery and fast in water.
Since 2018, Courtney has been an Evaluation and Learning Manager within the evaluation practice of Grassroots Solutions. Her work involves the evaluation of a complex, multi-year, and multi-county philanthropic climate change program and its strategy. Leading extensive data collection, as well as analysis and storytelling, she helps facilitate strategic learning opportunities to build out and refine program strategy and theory of change for the MacArthur Foundation.
Courtney has been deeply rooted in clean energy and climate issues for 12 years and is ever more excited about embracing and bringing in justice and equity within the climate space. Prior to joining Grassroots Solutions, Courtney worked at the National Renewable Energy Lab where she researched and analyzed solar on contaminated lands across the U.S. She also designed and analyzed multiple community surveys while at RRC Associates and organized several clean energy and sustainability workshops for the Michigan Green Communities Network.
Courtney is based in Boulder, Colorado, and enjoys being outside skiing, biking, and hiking. It is her connection with the outdoors that keeps her grounded in her work with the environment and climate.
Julie Thompson is a Senior Strategist with Grassroots Solutions based in Brooklyn, New York. She is an organizer and strategist who works with organizations to streamline efforts by engaging with their audience with intentionality, honesty, and consistency.
Julie joined Grassroots Solutions in May 2021 and brings deep knowledge and expertise in creating short and long-term campaigns that integrate with new and existing programs, as well as extensive digital campaign knowledge. Past clients with Grassroots Solutions include Sandy Hook Promise and Student Debt Crisis Center.
Julie has also been an integral part of several movement-shaping digital and mobilization teams. Most recently, she was Associate Director at The Hub Project working on issue advocacy campaigns rooted in the advancement of our democracy. Prior to that, she worked on the Elizabeth Warren for President campaign in her home state of Michigan as Mobilization Director, United We Dream Action during the 2020 cycle as a Senior Advisor to the coordinated campaign, Ilhan Omar for Congress in 2019 managing the digital arm of the Congresswoman’s campaign, and various digital mobilization roles at the Democratic National Committee for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 cycles.
Born in Flint, Michigan, Julie spent a year working for the city during the Flint Water Crisis. This work solidified her passion in community building and at Grassroots Solutions, she continues to work with others to challenge systems of racism and oppression that prohibit development at the individual, community, and generational level.
She’s lived by Audre Lorde’s words since she first read them years ago: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” In order to stay grounded in this work, Julie enjoys a refreshing workout, overanalyzing the latest TV show or movie with friends, and spending time with the people and plants she loves.
Evaluation Project Manager
Misty Blue, MPH, is an Evaluation Project Manager who has been with Grassroots Solutions since Summer 2021. Growing from community-minded roots, her career has come to appreciate the patterns that can be found in data. At Grassroots Solutions, her work includes the Ford Foundation’s U.S. States Strategy evaluation. She is dedicated to curating learning spaces for clients that are systematic and interactive in order to illuminate solutions.
As a former domestic violence advocate and community organizer, Misty has built an understanding of the cycles of power and control, as well as an understanding of how community can heal the harm caused from those cycles. In her previous roles, she has led large portfolio-level evaluations like the Reservation-Based Workforce Development for Northwest Area Foundation. She has also coordinated multi-agency teams like the Homework Starts with Home Research Partnership project, a University of Minnesota Grand Challenges study, that unites education and housing solutions to address the complex issue of homelessness.
In addition to her role as Evaluation Project Manager with Grassroots Solutions, Misty is also a project coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s truth-telling project that is being conducted in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council to understand Tribal-University relations.
Misty is also interested in decolonizing research methodologies and infusing indigenous paradigms in all aspects of her work. Her love for Minnesota runs deep, and she currently resides in Minneapolis.
Suzanne del Rosario is a Project Manager with Grassroots Solutions. She joined the firm in August of 2020. In her role, Suzanne plans and oversees client projects, manages expectations and responsibilities, and conducts data collection and analysis.
Suzanne works with large philanthropic funders to assess and explore challenging questions around how to diversify funding strategies in a particular field to building a grassroots base for a particular movement. She is fortunate to be in a position where her skillsets are utilized to create equitable change in fields where historically marginalized communities are often overlooked. With her particular background, Suzanne has the ability to build trust and relationships with clients and stakeholders that is meaningfully transactional for both parties.
Prior to joining Grassroots Solutions, Suzanne was an Outreach Paralegal with Southern Poverty Law Center. At the Center, she worked with a team focused on investigating living, medical, and mental health conditions at immigration detention centers across the nation. In addition to legal advocacy, she led and fostered meaningful relationships with grassroots organizations and community advocates in the Southeast region focused on immigrant’s rights and ending mass incarceration.
During undergrad, Suzanne traveled to Nepal, Jordan, and Chile to research the role of women in social and political movements; and traveled to Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica to conduct comparative research about the legal protections of deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the Caribbean.
She received her B.A.s in Public Policy & Law and Human Rights from Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut in 2018. During her personal time, Suzanne is a founding member and Chief Research Analyst at Foundations of Freedom, a non-profit aimed to economically empower communities of the African diaspora through activism, campaigning, and education. Suzanne is also fluent in American Sign Language and Spanish, which she learned from her parents and family.
Bayard Rustin & Cesar Chavez
Haroun and the Sea of Stories ~ S. Rushdie
Sports teams I follow:
Michigan Football, Barcelona FC & Manchester United FC, and the Los Angeles Dodgers
Favorite Place in the world:
Barcelona Spain and New Orleans Louisiana
Kurston C. Cook is a Senior Strategist at Grassroots Solutions based in Durham, North Carolina and has been with the firm since 2017. In his time at the firm, Kurston has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations as well as philanthropic institutions. His portfolio is centered around organizational, campaign, and strategic advising. In his time at Grassroots Solutions, Kurston has worked with clients to expand state Earned Income Tax Credit programs, conduct landscapes of civic infrastructure across the South and Midwest, support the strategic planning goals of organizations across the country, and evaluate the impact of foundational giving.
Kurston loves complex, difficult, and beautiful challenges. His clients consistently solicit support in addressing some of the country’s biggest issues. In addressing these issues Kurston seeks to learn as much about the problem, and works to understand a client’s unique perspective and goals in order to develop a plan of action to address the challenge. As a consultant, Kurston excels at simplifying and condensing complex information, making it accessible to clients and partners, while also developing actionable recommendations. Kurston firmly believes that complex problems require out-of-the-box thinking and creativity, two of the many superpowers Kurston applies to all his work.
Prior to joining the Grassroots Solutions team, Kurston worked as a community and grassroots organizer, political operative, policy analyst, and political action trainer. In the nearly twenty years of political and community organizing experience, he has worked with the AFL-CIO, Center for American Progress, the American Federation of Teachers, re: Power, PolicyLink, and the Roosevelt Institute. Kurston’s work centered around engaging, educating, and mobilizing diverse constituencies to vote, as well as issues of economic inequality affecting predominantly Black and Latinx communities.
Kurston is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received his Masters of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. When not working, Kurston is an avid Iaido practitioner constantly looking to further his understanding and appreciation of the 400-year-old Japanese art form. This practice focuses on being prepared, meeting opposition immediately, and strengthening the psychological state of being present. Kurston also enjoys cooking, raising chickens, and traveling with his wonderful wife, family, and friends.
I can touch my tongue to my nose
Chicago deep dish pizza
If I didn’t work at Grassroots Solutions, I’d be:
A restaurant critic
Dan is the Co-Founder of Grassroots Solutions where he currently focuses on one-to-one leadership coaching. He spent over twenty years as a strategy consultant and evaluator to large advocacy organizations, foundations, and political campaigns.
Dan believes that winning and building sustained power for social change depends on having strategic, equitable, healthy, and imaginative leaders, and that’s why he is currently focusing his attention on his leadership coaching practice. His unique coaching philosophy and approach is shaped by the years he spent working at the intersection of elections, advocacy, evaluation, policymaking, and entrepreneurship. In particular, his strategic engagement work for the Kresge Foundation in the city of Detroit demonstrated the importance of strong, creative, and credible local leaders as the primary agents for long-term social change. Similarly, the 10 years Dan spent working to help legalize same sex marriage taught him that traditional and outdated approaches to leadership and movement-building must be discarded in favor of more dynamic, curious, and relational models. These experiences and many others for clients such as the National Audubon Society, Energy Foundation, Center for the American Experiment, Atlantic Philanthropies and U.S. Senators Tina Smith, Al Franken, and Paul Wellstone mean that Dan is not an armchair theorist about leadership. Instead, he approaches his work from a practitioner’s perspective.
Dan lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife Cassie and Doc the Basset Hound who will turn 10 this year. Dan is a competitive backgammon player, an avid cook and reader, and loves to goof around with his 4 nieces and nephews. He and Cassie are also cancer bloggers chronicling how they, as a couple, are navigating life after her Metastatic Breast Cancer diagnosis. You can check out their personal reflections at www.meaningandstuff.com. His cancer and caregiving experiences have very much influenced how Dan thinks about questions of balance, privilege, presence, empathy, priorities, and other aspects of personal and professional development.
A tie between Saul Alinsky, Jane Addams, and Bryan Stevenson
Favorite place in the world:
Bluffton, South Carolina, and more specifically, my parents’ front porch
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Grace is a Senior Strategist at Grassroots Solutions, based in Charleston, South Carolina. She joined the firm in 2017 as a Project Manager. While at Grassroots Solutions, she has worked across dozens of campaign and strategic planning projects, landscape assessments, and evaluations for clients including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, the Ford Foundation, the State Infrastructure Fund, and the Youth Engagement Action Fund. Grace most enjoys working on projects that increase civic participation among marginalized communities, the intersection of faith and progressive politics, and the use of evaluation for social good. She takes immense pride in working for a majority woman-owned firm.
Before joining the Grassroots Solutions team, she held the role of Campaign Coordinator at Public Citizen, focusing on climate policy and financial reform advocacy as part of the U.S. Chamber Watch program. She has authored several opinion pieces on vital EPA protections, offshore drilling, the Paris Accord, and Dodd-Frank. Prior to that, she worked at the Center for American Progress, both in the CAP Action War Room as a State Advocacy Associate, and as a Special Assistant for Generation Progress, the youth arm of the Center. During her time at Generation Progress, she worked on issue campaigns including higher education, student debt, criminal justice reform, and gun violence prevention. In partnership with the Obama White House, Grace also worked as the special assistant for the It’s On Us campaign, a national effort to stop sexual assault.
A graduate of Calvin college, Grace began her career in politics in the office of Senator Debbie Stabenow. When she’s not working, you’re most likely to find her on the beach with her husband and extremely busy (and cute!) two year old, or taking a Cody Rigsby Peloton class.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
My mother’s green chile chicken enchiladas
Little known fact:
Since 1875, over 1,500 baseball players made it all the way to the major leagues—then only got to play in one single, solitary game. The lesson? Make the most of the time you have
People or topics you follow on Twitter:
@aeonmag, @exploreplanets, @readingpartners, and, of course, @JohnDingell
Pablo is a Senior Strategist with Grassroots Solutions and joined the firm in 2013. His client work has included building and running statewide field operations, facilitating the creation of strategic engagement plans, advising the implementation of long-term organizational and grassroots organizing, and conducting evaluation and learning efforts, including landscape assessments, short-term reviews, and long-term developmental evaluation. During his eight years with Grassroots Solutions, he has worked with philanthropic institutions and funders – such as the Ford Foundation and the State Infrastructure Fund – as well as with engagement and advocacy organizations – such as America Votes, the American Wind Energy Association, Majority Forward, SEIU, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
As a Senior Strategist, he most enjoys helping clients work through engagement goals and methods. This includes navigating the ways in which resources and money and power intersect with communities and people striving to build power that will enable them to create better lives for themselves and others.
Before joining Grassroots Solutions, Pablo spent over a decade working on local, state, and national campaigns as well as working in the United State Congress. As a campaigner, he was on the field staff for multiple mayoral and Congressional campaigns, was Political Director for U.S. Senator Tom Udall (NM), was New Hampshire State Director for the presidential campaign of Governor Bill Richardson, and was on the national political staff in Chicago for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. On Capitol Hill, he spent several years as a policy advisor in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House.
When he’s not working, Pablo is busy exploring his recently adopted hometown of Los Angeles (Go Dodgers!) and hanging out with his wife and young daughter.
Director of Finance
None – especially not Candy!
My brush with fame:
I got a hug from Giada De Laurentiis in a coffee shop at Rockefeller Center
Favorite place in the world:
Granada, Spain – beauty, history, and free tapas!
Fun Home—who knew you could make a graphic memoir into a stage production that is both moving and funny
Favorite local restaurant:
New Scenic Café in Duluth, MN
Candace is the Chief Financial Officer and has been with Grassroots Solutions since 2010 where she focuses on the internal workings of the firm. She manages all aspects of the company’s financial processes, drafts and reviews contracts, administers the firm’s policies and hiring practices – including employee benefits and salary structuring. Candace implements the entirety of those tasks while ensuring that they are guided by a people-centered philosophy and the firm’s core values of equity and fairness. . She utilizes a transparent financial structure by which all of the firm’s employees are invited to understand how and where the firm’s funds are spent.
Candace is also an integral part of the team that manages the firm’s internal evaluation process that seeks to assess how well we live our values, and she tracks metrics to measure and report on our progress toward the firm’s goal of creating healthy, just, and equitable communities. She has fostered an inclusive workplace that encourages all firm employees to provide feedback, suggestions, and opinions.
Candace lives in Minneapolis with her spouse Eve, and finds incredible joy spending time with their granddaughter and entire family. She volunteers for a fledgling local non-profit, and serves on the Minneapolis Civil Service Commission.
Linds, Binz, Reina, Roopert, Mini, and Tiny (Caution: Only my brothers get to call me Mini or Tiny!)
Madres de Plaza de Mayo
My brush with fame:
Around age 9, I was featured in a local newspaper for catching a massive large-mouth bass in an unlikely pond in suburban Chicago
Favorite place in the world:
The next exciting spot I haven’t visited yet, and Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis (the place I met my husband)
The Gulf War (1991)
Lindsay is a principal based in New York City where she leads the firm’s evaluation practice. Lindsay collaborates with organizations to assess advocacy and electoral campaigns, grassroots efforts, and civic engagement initiatives. She also provides guidance to groups seeking to engage people effectively in community problem-solving and organizational development projects. Lindsay is a well-known engagement and evaluation expert who has co-authored articles, spoken at numerous conferences, and appeared as a guest with news organizations.
Prior to joining Grassroots Solutions, Lindsay was the director of operations and technology for the 2002 Wellstone for Senate campaign. She also worked for international education and staffing companies in Boston.
Lindsay’s idea of the perfect day involves reading, watching baseball or soccer, playing tennis (albeit not very well), listening to music, and eating cheese.
AJ, or Annie
A 17 year old cat named Spango
If I didn’t work at Grassroots Solutions I’d be:
A gymnastics coach. It was my job during college, and it was a second job for many years after I graduated. I loved it!
Favorite place in the world:
Lake Pepin in Minnesota, though Puerto Morelos, Mexico is a very close second
Anything Nordic noir, but I really love Henning Mankell and Camilla Läckberg’s books
Anne is the Managing Principal of Grassroots Solutions, where she oversees firm strategy and operations in addition to maintaining an active client portfolio. As the co-owner of a woman-led and majority woman-owned firm, Anne’s internal work includes ensuring that the firm centers racial and gender justice and equity while providing outcome-based engagement strategy, planning, and evaluation to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in the U.S. and internationally.
Anne is passionate about, and has spent her career focusing on, increasing participation and building power with those who are traditionally underrepresented in the political and advocacy processes. She continues that work through engagement strategy and evaluations for individual donors, philanthropic and advocacy clients such as the McKnight Foundation, Student Debt Crisis Center, Sandy Hook Promise, the Youth Engagement Action Fund, and the Ford Foundation and NEO Philanthropy.
Anne is a leading expert on Millennial civic and political engagement, as well as on culture change campaigns. She’s authored numerous articles, given interviews, provided testimony to government agencies, and spoken at conferences in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to joining Grassroots Solutions, Anne was the Executive Director of Generation Progress, the youth arm of the Center for American Progress. She’s created some of the nation’s most successful millennial-focused campaigns on issues including higher education, student debt, and gun violence prevention. In partnership with the Obama White House, Anne also led the It’s On Us campaign, a national effort to stop sexual assault. She served as a founding member of the Obama Administration’s College Promise Advisory Board.
In addition to her work in the United States, Anne has worked with progressive organizations, think tanks, labor unions, and political parties in Canada, Belgium, India, Turkey, and the United Kingdom to develop grassroots engagement programs for electoral and issue-based campaigns. She also worked with the National Democratic Institute’s Middle East and North Africa Program on political trainings and election monitoring in the West Bank.
A University of Minnesota graduate, Anne got her start in politics on Paul Wellstone’s 2002 campaign, where she fell in love with organizing. When not working, she can be found hanging out at her cabin in Red Wing, Minnesota with her husband, adorable toddler, and goldendoodle, Daisy.
Kuo, CK, Chris
Opening a can with a pot and butter knife
Brain eating amoebas
There are very few things in life that can’t be undone
Christina is a Senior Strategist with Grassroots Solutions based in Washington, DC. She has been with the firm since 2016 and in that time has worked primarily with philanthropy and funders, such as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to evaluate and learn from their strategies and to conduct landscape research about supporting community power-building for grassroots organizations. In her evaluation client work, Christina enjoys the challenge of evaluating and developing actionable lessons from complex, multi-stakeholder, and community power-building strategies that are focused at the national, state, and local levels in the United States, as well as in international settings. In addition, she has advised and led environmental and climate-focused clients like Blue Green Alliance and Climate Advocacy Lab through participatory, organization-wide strategic planning.
Christina brings her almost 20 years of experience organizing, lobbying, and campaigning for issues and candidates into her client work. Some of the highlights of her career prior to Grassroots Solutions include co-leading the organizing of a 1500 person Michigan delegation to the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC, running a multi-state advocacy effort for sustainable development, including green, affordable housing, and as Deputy Political Director in Michigan for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Christina received her B.As. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), Ann Arbor and is a licensed attorney in Michigan. She was named to the 2017 40 Under 40 for the National Association of Asian Americans in Politics and Public Affairs.
When not at work, she can be found re-assuring her dog, Huck, that the world is not out to get him and watching her English Premier League club, Liverpool FC.
My brush with fame:
I and another guy initially found the Wellstone “Green” bus
If I didn’t work at Grassroots Solutions I’d be:
A stay at home dad
That I see in my next birthday with my family, all of us healthy and happy
• “If you fuck up, raise your hand”
• “If you don’t want to go into burning buildings, don’t become a fireman”
• “Never give a campaign your credit card number”
Sports teams you follow:
White Sox, Bulls, Bears, and any team my son plays on
Robert is a Co-Founder of Grassroots Solutions. His twenty years of consulting experience include working with Democratic candidates and party organizations, unions, advocacy groups and coalitions and most recently, progressive political and civic engagement funders. When Grassroots Solutions was first established, the focus of his work was on building and managing large scale voter contact operations. Since 2005, his work has been on developing strategies and building long term infrastructure at the state and national levels to expand the progressive voting base, especially among communities of color, and increase organizations’ supporter and activist bases. Over the course of his time at Grassroots Solutions, his clients have included Win Minnesota, America Votes, Committee on States, SEIU, NEA, Partnership Fund, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Robert most enjoys working with a team to identify gaps and needs in the progressive infrastructure and coming up with creative and long-term solutions to build what is needed to win now and and in the future.
He started in politics right out of high school with the Illinois Democratic Party, and he then went on to be an organizer for Paul Wellstone’s first U.S. Senate campaign. Over the next 10 years, Robert built and managed a variety of field operations and campaigns, including congressional races in Illinois and Oregon, statewide campaigns in Minnesota and Ohio, and he served as the National Field Director for Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign in 2000 before returning to Minnesota and to Grassroots Solutions full time.
Robert lives in Saint Paul with his wife, Kristin, and kids, Ethan and Becca. If Robert isn’t in the office, he is likely on his bike or a tennis court, volunteering for a local non-profit or hanging out with or cheering on one or both of his kids. Someday he plans to open up a Grassroots Solutions office in Key Biscayne, FL.
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Reflections on the AEA Conference
We were excited to attend the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference in Washington, DC, which we jokingly–and affectionately–referred to as Eval-Con. A week later we are still processing. But here are some nuggets that really hit home. Don’t worry, we’ll spare you the super technical and methodological stuff! Maybe that’ll be our next post…or not.