Resource Organizing Project – Who We Are

Who We Are

Network

“Instead of the participating organizations bearing the brunt of the work, it is shared. This is the exception to most partnership dynamics. A true model or example.”

– Voices From Our Partners

We launched in 2021 out of a decade of collaboration with small justice and liberation organizations. We operate in deep partnership with New England movement organizations who are either engaged in basebuilding-style organizing or in solidarity economy work.

Check out some of our 50+ partner organizations in our 2021 Year-end Giving Guide. Partners guide our work by participating in and coordinating our programs. Fundraising staff and volunteers of these organizations hold stipended leadership roles and formal advisory roles.

We’re an offering of the Movement Sustainability Commons.

Staff

Dave Jenkins, Executive Director

I’m a voyaging Mainer from the North Woods committed to racial, economic and gender justice in New England and beyond. I got my organizing start in Boston’s youth justice movement where I supported youth-led campaigns against environmental racism and inequities in public education, transit, land-use, and food systems. After turning my 30th birthday cookout with Maine lobsters into an annual multi-organizational celebration and fundraiser, I got more and more excited about resourcing our movements in ways that build collaboration, community, sustainability and power. More recently, as a facilitator and coach supporting New England region organizing groups, I’ve witnessed a cross-section of the challenges that BIPOC, queer, and working-class-led organizations face in trying to fundraise for justice work. I co-founded ROP to help shift that paradigm.

Liza Behrendt, Associate Director

I grew up in Seacoast New Hampshire and have organized and fundraised in Boston for a decade. I learned to organize from Palestine liberation activists and take inspiration from movements for wealth redistribution, housing justice, queer liberation, and the Jewish left. I’ve previously worked for Jewish Voice for Peace, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, and I’m a member of Boston Workers Circle for Jewish Culture and Social Justice, Muslim Justice League, and Resource Generation.