Building Power: Grassroots Organizing
Trainers: Emma Wolfe and Jahmilla Joseph
September 23, 2017 from 3-5PM @ Primary Stages
When the ground crumbles beneath us, it's time to arm ourselves with the tools to fight for real change. For our third free training -- Building Power: Grassroots Organizing 101 - we learned how to tackle the big issues and achieve concrete wins. Superstar organizers and general badasses Emma Wolfe and Jahmilla Joseph taught us how to organize around a cause, build out a strategy, and take action from the grassroots.
Emma Wolfe is the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Campaign Manager & Political Director for de Blasio’s mayoral campaign in 2013, overseeing the building of a victorious citywide coalition that spanned all five boroughs. Wolfe previously served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Public Advocate, reorganizing the office into an effective agency watchdog with an emphasis on community organizing. She has worked as an organizing and field director for the NY State Senate, Working Families Party, ACORN, and 1199 SEIU.
Jahmilla Joseph is the Assistant Associate Director of District Council 37, New York City's largest municipal labor union, representing more than 121,000 city workers and 60,000 retirees. In her current role, she oversees the Council’s political operations, strategic campaigns and partnerships, and has recently launched the union’s inaugural student debt program, helping members find financial relief and enroll in loan forgiveness.
Prior to joining the Council in 2015, Ms. Joseph served as the Executive Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for the NYC Department of Education under Chancellor Carmen Fariña; Deputy Chief of Staff to then Public Advocate and current NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio; and Assistant Political Director for the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.
A native of Boston, MA, Ms. Joseph earned her bachelor’s degree from The New School University where she studied abroad at the Universidad de la Habana, Cuba and graduated with Honors in 2005. She is a volunteer mentor with the Brotherhood Sister-Sol in Harlem, NY, serves on the Board of Directors for The New School Alumni Association, and is a proud resident of Brooklyn, NY.