Marshall Ganz
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MARSHALL GANZ

Ganz is now a senior public policy lecturer at Harvard, and a founder of The Leading Change Network, a global community of organizers, educators, and researchers, working together to “build power for sustained democratic change.” His latest book, Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement, was published in 2009.
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Ganz is now a senior public policy lecturer at Harvard, and a founder of The Leading Change Network, a global community of organizers, educators, and researchers, working together to “build power for sustained democratic change.” His latest book, Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement, was published in 2009.
As senior lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School, he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. He has published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Political Science Review, American Prospect, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. His book, Why David Sometimes Wins: leadership, organization and strategy in the California farm worker movement was published in 2009, earning the Michael J. Harrington Book Award of the American Political Science Association. 

Marshall Ganz also teaches  "Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling and Action", a transformative online program through which you can strengthen your capacity to lead; and  "Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change" an online program designed to help leaders of civic associations, advocacy groups, and social movements learn how to organize communities that can mobilize power to make change.
Marshall Ganz (born March 14, 1943) is the Rita T. Hauser Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Organizing, and Civil Society at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Introduced to organizing in Civil Rights Movement, he worked on the staff of the United Farm Workers for sixteen years, became trainer and organizer for political campaigns, unions and nonprofit groups, and returned to Harvard where he earned his PhD in Sociology (2000). He is credited with devising the successful grassroots organizing model and training for Barack Obama’s winning 2008 presidential campaign.[1][2][3]
Marshall Ganz grew up in Bakersfield, California, where his father was a Rabbi and his mother, a teacher. He entered Harvard College in the fall of 1960. He left a year before graduating to volunteer with the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project.

He found a “calling” as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and, in the fall of 1965, joined Cesar Chavez in his effort to unionize California farm workers. During 16 years with the United Farm Workers he gained experience in union, political, and community organizing, became Director of Organizing, and was elected to the national executive board on which he served for 8 years. During the 1980s, he worked with grassroots groups to develop new organizing programs and designed innovative voter mobilization strategies for local, state, and national electoral campaigns. In 1991, in order to deepen his intellectual understanding of his work, he returned to Harvard College and, after a 28-year "leave of absence," completed his undergraduate degree in history and government. He was awarded an MPA by the Kennedy School in 1993 and completed his PhD in sociology in 2000. As senior lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government, he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. He has published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Political Science Review, American Prospect, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere... He was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity by the Episcopal Divinity School in 2010.
Fall of 1965, joined Cesar Chavez in his effort to unionize California farm worker, eventually becoming Director of Organizing of the United Farm Workers and serving on the National Executive Board
As senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics.
His newest book, Why David Sometimes Wins: leadership, organization and strategy in the California farm worker movement, earned the Michael J. Harrington Book Award of the American Political Science Association.
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