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.