Tomás Garduño approaches his work like a social justice movement laboratory technician, bringing a spirit of innovation and experimentation to his commitment to transform our world to be the world we see in our dreams. He is 36 years old, a Native New Mexican Chicano, born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He lived in Portland, Oregon for seven years where he graduated from Lewis & Clark College, did student and anti-racist organizing in the anti-globalization movement culminating in the WTO protests in Seattle, and has been doing social justice work ever since. He has worked for Western States Center, Community Alliance of Tenants, co-founded ‘ROOTS! Reclaiming Our Origins Through Struggle, worked as a campaign organizer with the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice.

His most formative years were his 7 years as a state-wide organizer, political director, and ultimately co-director of the South West Organizing Project (SWOP), a 35 year-old grassroots social justice movement organization in New Mexico. After SWOP, Tomás went on a 10 month sabbatical from professional organizing to focus on personal development.

In November 2013 he joined ALIGN: Alliance for a Greater New York as the field director where he is currently developing an innovative “Mass Engagement Strategy” to broaden the scope and scale of ALIGN’s partner organizations and the social justice movement in NYC.

In January of 2014 he began consulting with Groundswell Fund as a “Integrated Voter Engagement Coach,” helping reproductive justice organizations build their year round civic engagement plans to help them grow to scale. He is currently coaching 4 RJ organizations across the country including NLIRH: National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, COLOR: Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, and ACAT: Alaska Community Action on Toxics.

He is honored to be a member of the Strategic Leadership Institute of New Mexico, as well as alumni of the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Leading from the Inside Out Yearlong program. He is currently a board member of Art of Revolution, Movement Strategy Center and the Partnership for Working Families. He is also a traditional organic farmer, a yoga and meditation practitioner, working on developing a deeper spiritual practice, and is an avid bicyclist and soccer player.

Tomás Garduño

Updated on 2016-03-17T01:27:58+00:00, by aapifund.