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

  • “Three Truths and a Lie: A Version for Organizers” (with Dorian Warren), The Nation, April 2, 2020.
  • “From Resistance to Governing,” The Nation, March 12, 2020.
  • “Fast Food CEOs Blames Low-Wage Workers for Poverty,” The Nation, July 2, 2015.
  • “Obama’s Immigration Decision is a Movement Victory,” The Nation, November 25, 2014
  • “For Love and Country: LGBT Americans and Immigrant Rights,” (with Rea Carey, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force), Huffington Post, January 24, 2013
  • “Social Justice Movements in a Liminal Age,” Poverty and Race, May/June 2012.
  • “The Road Ahead for Progressives: Back to Basics” (with Gara LaMarche), The Nation, October 11, 2010
  • “Holding the Center” (with Jean Hardisty), The Nation, July 19, 2010
  • “Change We Can Believe in,” American Prospect, March 27, 2010
  • “Upholding Community Values,” (with Seth Borgos), Thinking Big: Progressive Ideas for a New Era, edited by James Lardner and Nathaniel Lowentheil, 33-41, San Francisco: Berrett- Koehler, 2009.
  • “Organizing Principles,” New York Times, September 13, 2008.
  • “Wrong About the Right” (with Jean Hardisty), The Nation, October 20, 2005
  • “How Much is Enough,” American Prospect, August 13, 2004
  • “Why Not a New War on Poverty,” American Prospect, July 2, 2002

  • 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

  • CURRENT
    • Open Society Foundations (US)
    • JPB Foundation
    • The Nation editorial board
    • Congressional Progressive Caucus Foundation
    • 350.org
    • 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