Tomás Garduño recently ended a 10-month sabbatical from professional organizing to focus on personal development. In November 2013 he joined the staff of ALIGN as the political director where he is developing an innovative “political/electoral program for us all”, as well as leading ALIGN’s Climate Jobs efforts. Until January 2013, he was the Co-Director of the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP), a 34 year-old grassroots social justice movement organization in New Mexico. He was a staff member of SWOP for over 6 years and a member for 9 years.
He is in his mid-30s, a Native New Mexican Chicano, born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He lived in Portland, OR for seven years where he graduated from Lewis & Clark College, did student and anti-racist organizing in the anti-globalization movement culminating in the WTO protests in Seattle, and has been doing social justice work ever since. He has worked for Western States Center, Community Alliance of Tenants, co-founded ‘ROOTS! Reclaiming Our Origins Through Struggle and served as a campaign organizer with the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice.
He is honored to be a member of the Strategic Leadership Institute of New Mexico, as well as alumni of the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Leading from the Inside Out Yearlong program. In addition to MSC he currently sits on the Art of Revolution board of directors. He is a traditional organic farmer, a yoga and meditation practitioner working on developing a deeper spiritual practice, and is an avid bicyclist.