Kirk Noden is veteran community organizer who has successfully built community organizations in Chicago, Birmingham England, and Ohio. Kirk currently directs the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a statewide alliance of eleven labor, community, and faith groups across the state and he serves on the board of Policy Matters Ohio, one of the state’s premier progressive think tanks. Kirk also founded the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, a broad based multi issue organization with twelve staff in Northeast Ohio that he started in 2007. Kirk serves as a Community Affiliate of the Center for Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University and a board member of COHHIO, a statewide housing advocacy organization. In his fourteen years as an organizer, he’s led campaigns on a variety of issues such as living wage, vacant properties, education reform, immigrant rights, and health equity. He’s the grandson of a New Castle steelworker and a Westinghouse Factory union steward and was born and raised in Ohio and now lives in the city of Kent, OH with his wife Rosi and two boys Roberto and Emiliano.
Beating back Ohio's anti–collective bargaining bill was a gratifying win, but now progressives must play offense.