Amy Dean is a fel­low of The Cen­tu­ry Foun­da­tion and prin­ci­pal of ABD Ven­tures, LLC, an orga­ni­za­tion­al devel­op­ment con­sult­ing firm that works to devel­op new and inno­v­a­tive orga­niz­ing strate­gies for social change orga­ni­za­tions. Dean is co-author, with David Reynolds, of A New New Deal: How Region­al Activism Will Reshape the Amer­i­can Labor Move­ment. Dean has worked for near­ly two decades at the cross sec­tion of labor and com­mu­ni­ty based orga­ni­za­tions link­ing pol­i­cy and research with action and advo­ca­cy. You can fol­low Amy on twit­ter @amybdean, or she can be reached via www​.amyb​dean​.com.

During her tenure at the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, the New York Times called Dean “the most innovative figure in Silicon Valley.” As leader of the 15th largest regional labor federation in the country, Dean represented over 90 unions and 110,000 members in the heart of Silicon Valley. She was the youngest person and first woman to lead a major labor federation of the AFL-CIO.

Dean is founder of two successful and innovative nonprofit organizations. In 1995 she founded Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA), a nonprofit organization committed to rebuilding the links between regional economic policy and community well being. In 2005, Dean founded Building Partnerships USA, a national organization dedicated to increasing civic and political participation to strengthen democracy and advance social and economic justice at the regional level.

Dean has also served on the Board of Governors of California’s Community Colleges and has received many awards for her leadership, including Woman of the Year from the San Jose Mercury New, John M. Gardner Exemplary Leaders Award from the American Leadership Forum, and the Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Award from the Ms. Foundation.

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Beyond the Minimum Wage
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Did the Shutdown Hurt the Tea Party’s 2014 Prospects?
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A Top-Down Urban Revolution
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Reforming Immigration? Don’t Forget About Workers
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Help Obama Find His Shoes
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How Teachers Unions Lead the Way to Better Schools
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One Right-Wing Strategy Creates a Thousand Local Battles
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Not a Union Member?: Why You Should Care About Wisconsin (or Ohio, or Michigan)
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Finding Budget Solutions, Not Scapegoats: Lessons from an Oregon Victory
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Mr. President: The Fight for the Middle Class Isn’t in Washington
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Tax Cuts Create Jobs? Prove It.
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A New Blueprint for Change
A revived progressive program must be built year-round, at the local level.
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Moves Against Off-Shoring Should Be More Than Political Afterthought
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How to Revive Workers’ Rights in a New Economy
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Why Taking on Blanche Lincoln Was the Right Call
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A Flexible Economy Needs a Nimble Labor Board
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Amy Dean