Spark session participants will experience a data walk of results of a first-of-its-kind national survey of more than 4,000 nonprofit staff and board members conducted by the Building Movement Project. Survey respondents shared their views on leadership, experiences at work and perspectives on nonprofits and race.

Participants will learn about the survey results and engage in small group discussion to make meaning of the survey data. They’ll critically consider the ways that aspects of their identities have impacted their paths to leadership in individual organizations and the nonprofit sector by conferring privilege or creating barriers. The discussion will build to address how Alliance for Strong Families and Communities members and leaders can work to make their organizations and the sector more inclusive.

The Building Movement Project develops research, tools, training materials, and opportunities for partnership that bolster nonprofit organizations’ ability to support the voice and power of the people they serve.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore overall survey findings and findings of the subset of respondents who self-identified as hearing about the survey from the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
  • Connect survey findings to lived experience
  • Explore ideas and strategies for pushing nonprofit organizations to embrace diversity at all leadership levels

Presenters: Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, co-director, Building Movement Project

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Sean Thomas-Breitfeld
Building Movement Project

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld co-directs the Building Movement Project (BMP), with a special focus on service and social change. Prior to joining BMP, he spent a decade working in various roles at the Center for Community Change (CCC). At CCC, he:

  • Developed training programs for grassroots leaders
  • Worked in the communications and policy departments, where he coordinated online and grassroots advocacy efforts
  • Lobbied on a range of issues, including immigration reform, transportation equity and anti-poverty programs

Before joining the CCC, Thomas-Breitfeld worked as a policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza, where he focused on employment and income security issues.

He is a Milwaukee native and graduate of Rufus King High School. He went on to receive a bachelor’s in social work and multicultural studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He also holds a master’s in public administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and now teaches a class on race, identity, and inclusion as an adjunct assistant professor at NYU Wagner.