Deepak Bhargava is a policy expert on issues of poverty, economic justice, racial equity, and immigration, and has extensive practical experience in community organizing, leadership development, social movements, progressive strategy, issue campaigns, coalition building and voter mobilization.
Prior to joining SLU, he was President and Executive Director of Community Change and Community Change Action for 16 years, two of the premier national organizations supporting grassroots community organizing in low-income communities of color in the United States. He has trained and mentored hundreds of leaders who play key roles in progressive organizations and social justice movements, and worked to establish important labor-community partnerships at the national level on issues such as immigration reform, health care, and fiscal policy.


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BA. Harvard College, 1990

  • CASA
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
  • National Korean Education and Service Consortium
  • US Action
  • Campaign for America’s Future
  • Merage Foundation for the American Dream
  • Center for Community Change
  • Named one of America’s 50 leading progressive activists under 40 by The Nation magazine
  • Make the Road NY

  • Public policy
  • Community Organizing
  • Issue and Electoral Campaigns
  • Non Profit Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Poverty
  • Immigration and Racial Justice
  • Economic Policy

  • Social justice advocacy
  • Community Organizing
  • Non-profit management
  • Poverty
  • Immigration Policy
  • Progressive strategy
  • Civic Engagement

  • PADM 221: Public Issues and Public Policies
  • PADM 611: Social and Economic Policy in the United States
  • URB 651/LABR 669: Special Topics: Power and Strategy

    • Open Society Foundations (US)
    • JPB Foundation
    • The Nation editorial board
    • Congressional Progressive Caucus Foundation
    • Fellow, Roosevelt Institute
  • PAST
    • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    • the Discount Foundation
    • The League of Education Voters
    • the Applied Research Center
    • the National Neighborhood Coalition
    • the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    • Reform Immigration for America
    • Safety Net Defense Fund
    • Center for Community Change
    • Center for Community Change Action