January 3, 2012

Billy Wimsatt As a Movement Strategy Center Senior Fellow, Billy Wimsatt co-founded and now serves as Strategic Partnerships and Political Director for Rebuild the Dream, and Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund, which was incubated and is fiscally sponsored by Movement Strategy Center. In 2010, he conducted a series of experiments under the framework of Field 3.0, a community dialogue and documentation project on the future of field organizing, which led to the development of the Rebuild the Dream project.

With background in social entrepreneurship, philanthropic consulting, journalism, hip-hop arts, and political organizing, Wimsatt founded and for five years ran the League of Young Voters which organized 3000+ youth to create 300+ voter guides and impacted 29 state and local elections or pieces of legislation. In 2005, he co-founded Generational Alliance and in 2010 co-founded the Coffee Party. Over his career as a funder and fundraiser he has helped move more than eight million dollars to social change. Before coming to Movement Strategy Center, Wimsatt worked for Green For All, and consulted for Rock The Vote, MoveOn.org, Hull Family Foundation, The DC Project, The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing.  He also completed Rockwood’s year-long course for executive leaders.

In 2008, he created and ran the Ohio Youth Corps program for the Ohio Democratic Party / Obama For America, which trained and deployed 50 staff throughout Ohio. He has written for the Washington Post, The Nation, the Chicago Tribune and Vibe magazine and published six books with 100,000+ in print including No More Prisons, winner of the 1999 Firecracker Book Award for Political Non-Fiction. His latest book is Please Don’t Bomb The Suburbs: A mid-term report on my generation and the future of our Super-movement (Akashic Books). He has spoken at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, MIT Graduate School in Urban Planning, MIT, Stanford, and was named by Utne Magazine as “Utne Visionary” and in The Source Magazine’s “Power 30”.

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