Author Profile

Mike Edera and Marcy Westerling

Mike Edera and Marcy Westerling, a longtime couple in politics and life, live in Scappoosee, Ore. They wrote the first chapter of the 2008 book Lessons from the Field: Organizing in Rural Communities.  Edera is a landscaper by day, 12-month-a-year food producer, a gun enthusiast and a community organizer in his remaining hours.Westerling founded the Rural Organizing Project in 1992. Currently a fellow at the Open Society Institute, she is mapping rural progressive infrastructure in four states as a first step for identifying allies for social-change organizing.