Policy and Research Director
Sondra Youdelman Sondra Youdelman has worked both in the United States and abroad to achieve social and economic justice through organizing. She has over ten years experience as an organizer and activist in the United States with grassroots groups including farm workers, Native Americans, low-income tenants and workers, and welfare recipients. Her international experience has taken her to Kenya to work in a family planning clinic, to Zimbabwe to work for a study-abroad program focusing on social and political change, to Bolivia to study how changes in national policy impacted local literacy projects, and more.
Ms. Youdelman currently works at Community Voices Heard, a membership organization of low-income families collectively organizing to influence policy change around issues impacting their lives: welfare, job creation, economic development, public housing, voter engagement, etc. As Policy & Research Director of CVH for 5 years, Ms. Youdelman specialized in welfare and workforce development. She recently moved into the role of Acting Director of the organization.
She has published multiple grassroots-driven research reports, including Wages Work! An Examination of New York City's Parks Opportunity Program (POP) and Its Participants (March 2004), and The Revolving Door: Research Findings on NYC's Employment Services and Placement System and Its Effectiveness in Moving People from Welfare to Work (July 2005).
Ms. Youdelman served on the Coordinating Committee of Grassroots Global Justice for three years, an alliance of US-based grassroots groups who are organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people and working to connect local to global issues. She is nowon the Board of New York Jobs with Justice, a multi-issue coalition of labor, community, student and faith-based organizations working together to democratize communities, build power for poor and working class people, support sustainable development, and demand an end to corporate greed and economic inequality. Additionally, she is on the steering committee of the national Pushback Network, a collective of emerging state alliances focused on grassroots, indigenous voter education, mobilization, and engagement work.
She obtained a Master's Degree in Public and International Affairs, with a focus on International Development, from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University in order to bring the policy world back to the grassroots.
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006