Ken Grossinger has been a leader in the movement for social and economic justice for more than 25 years. He is a principal in Democracy Partners through which he works with donors, advocate organizations and unions to maximize the strategic use of their resources to advance policy and program priorities. Ken is also co-founder and Chair of the CrossCurrents Foundation (CCF). CCF’s two portfolios focus on non-partisan civic engagement and promoting social justice through the power of the arts.
Ken was leading strategist in the labor movement for 20 years. He represented public and private sector workers in the Service Employees International Union for ten years, conducting contract negotiations and managing local, state and national legislative, political and organizing campaigns. During the next decade he directed legislative field operations for the AFL-CIO, managing large-scale issue campaigns ranging from Social Security and health care reform to globalization, economic and civil rights. Grossinger is widely regarded as an expert in pioneering national field strategies for labor and non-profit organizations and he is well known for building long-enduring alliances between the two.
Grossinger serves as the Labor Commissioner on the Washington DC Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
Formerly a community organizer, Grossinger co-launched the Human SERVE Fund, a national advocate organization that initiated and led the successful decade long fight for passage of the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as Motor Voter.
Grossinger is active on several boards including the Nation Institute, State Voices, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Grantmakers in the Arts and the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.
Most recently, in the summer of 2013, he conducted training programs in central and eastern Europe for the Roma minority and other activists building community organizations.