Senior Lecturer, Harvard University
Dr. Marshall Ganz entered Harvard College in 1960. In 1964, a year before graduating, he left to volunteer as a civil rights organizer in Mississippi. In 1965, he joined Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers; over the next 16 years he gained experience in union, community, issue, and political organizing and became Director of Organizing. During the 1980s, he worked to develop effective organizing programs for local, state, and national electoral campaigns. In 1991, he returned to Harvard College and, after a 28-year “leave of absence,” completed his undergraduate degree in history and government. He received an MPA from the Kennedy School in 1993 and completed his Ph.D in sociology in 2000. Today, he is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. He is also credited with devising the successful grassroots organizing model and training for Barack Obama’s winning 2008 presidential campaign.