We are grateful to the many individuals and organizations in India who hosted us and generously shared their time to help us understand their work. We are inspired by what we learned from them and we give a special thanks to Kavitha Mariappan
We are also thankful for the advice and guidance provided by our colleagues in New York City.
Lastly, we want to thank the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector Research Fund for making this research possible.
This research project developed out of our work as organizers in New York City. Clay Smith is an organizer with the Stamford Organizing Project in Stamford, Connecticut, and previously worked as a school reform organizer for the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition in New York City. Kavitha Mariappan is a senior project director at the Institute for Education and Social Policy of New York University. She has facilitated citywide coalitions of community groups working for policy reform and helped community groups develop school reform organizing strategies.
Kavitha Mariappan is a principal associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, where she recently completed a six-year national study of community organizing for school reform, funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and has authored numerous reports and articles on education organizing. She also has been responsible for the institute’s youth organizing program, and has provided leadership support to Urban Youth Collaborative, a coalition of youth-led organizations aimed at improving high school mariappan education in New York City. Previously, Mediratta served as a Warren Weaver Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation, and taught elementary and middle school in south India, Chicago, and East Orange, New Jersey. mariappan
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