Kirk Noden is veteran community organizer who has successfully built community organizations in Chicago; Birmingham, England; and Ohio. He currently directs the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a statewide alliance of 11 labor, community, and faith groups and he serves on the board of Policy Matters Ohio, one of the state’s premier progressive think tanks. In 2007, he founded the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, a broad-based multi-issue organization with 12 staff in Northeast Ohio. He 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 14 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. Born and raised in Ohio, he now lives in Kent 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.