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Curtis Ogden, Senior Associate, Interaction Institute for Social Change

 Curtis brings to IISC his experience in education, community organizing, leadership development and program design, as well as a passion for efforts that support just and sustainable community development. He has worked as an independent research, evaluation, and training consultant to a number of civic engagement and nonprofit support initiatives, including the Building Movement Project, currently housed at Demos-USA, and The Nonprofit Quarterly. Prior to joining IISC, Curtis was the Program and Knowledge Manager of the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship for aspiring urban charter school founders specifically interested in addressing the achievement gap.The son of two teachers, Curtis was raised in Flint, Michigan, and benefited from early experiences living overseas. After college, he returned to Africa to do community and youth development work in Zimbabwe through Silveira House, a Jesuit education and training center. He went on to create ImPACT, a model youth service learning and activism program based at The Learning Web in Ithaca, New York.Through IISC, Curtis currently provides collaborative network building support to change efforts focused on creating racial and socio-economic equity in education and food systems around New England.  For the past five years he has helped to train more than 200 people in Discovery Communities in Facilitative Leadership, and been a lead process consultant to the CT Right from the Start Initiative convened by the Graustein Memorial Fund.  In addition to his work at IISC, Curtis is vice president of the board of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Master¹s degree from Harvard Divinity School.Curtis currently resides, gardens, and plays in southeastern Vermont with his wife and three daughters.