Mark Toney is executive director of The Utility Reform Network. Mark Toney sets the organization's strategic course and directs TURN's legal and political advocacy on behalf of over 37 million Californians. Before coming to TURN in January 2008 Toney ran a successful nonprofit consulting business focused on coaching executive directors and effective strategic planning. He has substantial experience in nonprofit leadership, development, fundraising and organizing.
Toney was the Executive Director of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) in Oakland from 1999 to 2003, where he initiated a major realignment of CTWO organizing, training and communication resources. He also worked as Senior Research Associate for the Applied Research Center in Oakland. Previously, Toney founded Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) in Providence, Rhode Island, working on such issues as benefits for home daycare providers, parent involvement in bilingual education, and preventing utility shut-offs in the winter for low-income families. He was the Executive Director/Chief Organizer at DARE from 1986-1994. Before that Toney was Lead Organizer with Workers Association for Guaranteed Employment, working for welfare rights in Providence.
Toney received his BA from Brown University and holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and his leadership accomplishments have been featured in Mother Jones Magazine and Brown Alumni Monthly.
Workers Association for Guaranteed Employment
Direct Action for Rights and Equality
In 1986 Toney founded Direct Action for Rights and Equality in Providence, Rhode Island, working on such issues as benefits for home daycare providers, parent involvement in bilingual education, and preventing utility shut-offs in the winter for low-income families. He remained Executive Director/Chief Organizer until 1994.
Center for Third World Organizing
Toney was the Executive Director of the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, California from 1999 to 2003. During this time he established the Grass Roots Organizing for Welfare Liberation cmpaign with the goal of advancing "racial justice".
"Beyond Identity Politics"
"Beyond Identity Politics: Emerging Social Justice Movements in Communities of Color" by John Anner
"A long-awaited roadmap to the grassroots social justice movements of the 1990s and beyond. The strikingly diverse array of multiracial struggles presented here succeed, in various ways, by moving by simplistic identity politics. In an era when the right-wing seems to be winning all battles, Beyond Identity Politics presents a critical inside look at progressive victories.
Endorsers of the project included Mark Toney, executive director, Center for Third World Organizing.
In 2004 Mark Toney was involved in the Reentry Solutions program. The program promotes the reintegration of former prisoners through community education, leadership development and policy reform. Based in Oakland, California. Reasons cited for this program were the levels of discrimination against former prisoners in employment, housing, education and benefits contributes to high rates of recidivism. A study carried out by Christopher Uggen, Melissa Thompson, and Jeff Manza provided backing for the program, estimating that number of current and former felons exceeded 13 million, which constitutes 6.5 percent of the adult U.S. population, and 37 percent of Black males.
Africa Action involvement