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Alisa Glassman, Lead Organizer

Alisa Glassman has worked with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) since 1996.  She began her organizing career with the IAF affiliate BUILD in Baltimore where she worked on the nation’s first Living Wage Campaign.  She also led the first organizing campaign where individuals on welfare won the right to have higher education count as a valid welfare work activity.  In 2001, Ms. Glassman moved to Montgomery County and worked for two Metro DC IAF affiliates: Action In Montgomery (AIM) and Washington Interfaith Network (WIN).  In 2005, Ms. Glassman was hired to be AIM’s Lead Organizer.

Ms. Glassman has led campaigns on a variety of economic and social justice issues including affordable housing, immigration, youth issues and pedestrian safety.  Some of the victories that she has recently led include:  Maryland IAF’s critical role in the passage of the Maryland Dream Act, over $400 million in dedicated funding for affordable housing and $29.7 million to build recreation centers in historic African American communities.   In addition, Ms. Glassman has worked on a variety of non-partisan political precinct work in cities and suburbs in Maryland and Ohio.

In 2015, Ms. Glassman was hired by the IAF affiliate in Northern VA, VOICE, to be the Lead Organizer