Broad-based coalitions that include non-profit organizations, political action committees, and the union community have been vitally important to promote issues like minimum wage, voter rights, reproductive justice, and medical marijuana and move them forward. In this context, a coalition is called a Table and the group of partners that sit around it create policy, pass legislation, and raise new revenue. Join Justine Sarver and John Chrastka for a conversation about the power, impact, and importance of political Tables and learn how library leaders who want to be at the Table should position their organizations and associations for coalition work.
Justine Sarver has more than twenty years of experience working on political campaigns and in building organizations and movements that promote social justice – at the San Diego Labor Council, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, and the ACLU of Northern California. In her eight years leading the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, she helped lead the nationwide shift to use ballot measures as tools for progressive change and democracy reform, while centering racial equity in the work. Thanks to her leadership, progressives now find themselves playing offense in ballot-measure campaigns, far more often than defense. Several states saw major voting rights wins in 2018, including Michigan and Florida. Before joining BISC as the Executive Director in 2010, she worked for President Obama’s election and transition team. As the Southwest Regional Director at the Obama for America campaign headquarters, Sarver oversaw campaign activities for many states including Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Maine, Washington and Oregon. Then she served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the office of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2009 and 2010. Sarver’s consulting practice, Supernova Strategies, works with clients ranging from national, state and local political organizations, philanthropic institutions, supporting local non-profit advocacy to launching national campaigns. The work ranges from managing messaging research and communications projects, ballot measure planning and post-campaign analysis, conducting state legislative campaigns, management and leadership coaching, to building political capacity on teams, and more.