About the Conversation
If you organize with a base-building organization, then chances are you already know what it’s like to be part of a “political home”—a community space that fosters feelings of belonging and trust among its members. These spaces help people make sense of the world, connect with others who share their values and beliefs, and take collective action towards changing the problems they experience in their communities.
Across our movement, political homes play a critical role in building long-term power by creating habitual voters and developing long-term leaders. Yet there has been very little research to explore what makes a base-building organization a political home, why they are so important to movement building and how our organizations can embody the practices of a political home.
Join us as we engage in a Community Conversation with Katrina Gamble—re:power Board member, researcher and political strategist—who will share her research and findings about political homes. Katrina and her team conducted listening sessions with members of community organizations in Louisiana, Wisconsin and California to understand how the concept of political home resonated across geography, organization type and levels of engagement. You can read more about Katrina and her work below.
Closed captioning will be available during this webinar.
About the Speaker
Founder & CEO, Sojourn Strategies | re:power Board Member
Katrina Gamble is founder and CEO of Sojourn Strategies, an all women run social impact consulting firm. She is a researcher and political strategist who brings more than 15 years of experience working at the intersection of social justice policy and elections. Katrina has deep and extensive relationships with grassroots organizations across the country and has combined that network with her campaign experience to support successful pro-democracy campaigns across the country. Prior to founding Sojourn she served as the Political Director at the Center for Popular Democracy where she created and launched a national Voting Rights & Democracy Program. Before moving into the social advocacy space, Katrina was an Assistant Professor at Brown University where she researched and taught classes on congressional politics, social movements, and race and ethnic politics. She has a PhD and MA from Emory University and BA from Smith College.
Katrina is from the desert southwest (Arizona) but currently lives in Washington, DC with her wife. When she’s not tending to her garden in DC she enjoys traveling and exploring other cultures; so far she’s visited 44 countries.