Heather Booth is one of the leading strategists about progressive issue and electoral campaigns.
She has been an organizer starting in the civil rights, anti-Vietnam war and women's movements of the 1960s and continuing through today.
She was the founding Director and is now President of the Midwest Academy, training social change leaders and organizers. She has been involved in and managed political campaigns and was the Training Director of the Democratic National Committee. In 2000, she was the Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which helped to increase African American election turnout by nearly 2 million voters. She was the lead consultant, directing the founding of the Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2005
In 2008, she was the director of the Health Care Campaign for the AFL-CIO. In 2009, she directed the campaign passing President Obama’s first budget. In 2010 she was the founding director of Americans for Financial Reform, fighting to regulate the financial industry. She was the national coordinator for the coalition around marriage equality and the 2013 Supreme Court decision. She was strategic advisor to the Alliance for Citizenship (the largest coalition of the immigration reform campaign). She is now the Field Director for Americans for Tax Fairness, working to stop tax cuts to the wealthiest paid for by cuts to Medicare, Education and other support for working families.
Quote: ‘If we organize, we can change the world’