Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett (Oregon) has spent the last 16 years building political power for working class, immigrant, and communities of color in Oakland, around the state of California and across the country. Most recently, she served as the Chief Strategy Officer of the Groundswell Fund where she designed and led a $5.2M Capacity Building Department that supported 23 groups to conduct Integrated Voter Engagement and develop grassroots organizing skills. Prior to working in philanthropy, she served as the first Executive Director of Oakland Rising, a multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-ethnic social justice collaboration that educates and mobilizes low-income, immigrant, and voters of color in East and West Oakland. She was the first woman of color to lead a collaborative civic engagement formation of this kind in the United States, and built a solid reputation as a savvy electoral strategist, a seasoned political organizer, and a civic engagement innovator. Esperanza is also the former national political director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, regional field director for Northern California for Barack Obama during the 2008 CA primary, community organizer in post-Katrina Louisiana, and Labor Organizer with SEIU 1000.

Approach to Coaching: I approach coaching (and civic engagement) with a beginner’s mind and experimentation. Working with a beginner’s mind allows me to stay curious and ask questions to help my clients draw out their own ideas. The experimentation framework allows organizations to be bold and courageous in ways that yield new findings (and more fun!).

Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett

Updated on 2017-08-29T13:12:19+00:00, by aapifund.