Ken Grossinger

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Ken Grossinger

Ken Grossinger is co-founder and Executive Director of the CrossCurrents Foundation, a non-profit grant-making foundation supporting social and economic justice. Immediately before starting CrossCurrents, he served as Director of Programs for the Proteus Fund, where he oversaw staff and program areas that received millions of dollars in foundation grants.

Grossinger worked for more than 20 years as a strategist in the labor movement prior to entering the world of philanthropy. He represented public and private sector workers in the 1.9 million-member Service Employees International Union for ten years where he negotiated labor contracts and served as liaison to a wide range of community organizations and policy boards. In the following decade, Mr. Grossinger directed legislative field operations for the AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization for America's unions, representing 10 million working men and women[1].


Grossinger holds a Masters Degree from Columbia University and graduated from the State University of New York College at Brockport[2].

Motor Voter

Formerly a community organizer, in the early eighties Grossinger launched the Human SERVE Fund, a national advocate organization which initiated and lead the successful fight for passage of the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as Motor Voter. Grossinger's published work analyzes labor and community organizing strategy[3][4].

DSA member

In the mid 1980s Ken Grossinger was a member of New York Democratic Socialists of America.

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Ken Grossinger, San Francisco SEIU endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[5]

Friend of Richard Cloward

Ken Grossinger was a long time friend and student of Richard Cloward. He penned an obituary of Cloward for the Democratic Socialists of America journal Democratic Left Fall/Winter 2001, page 16.[6]

On the morning of August 20 our movement lost a light that guided four decades of antipoverty, welfare rights and voting rights activists and scholars. Richard A. Cloward died in his Manhattan home at the age of 74.
Anyone writing about a mentor knows the difficulty of dealing with a flood of emotions that rush to the surface when recalling the influence of their teacher. Richard loved to teach, and his clarity was a gift. Whether inside or out of the academy, he would not stop. Until his last days, some 21 years after I first met him, he was trying to teach me to balance the personal and political.
I was not alone – far from it. Richard taught countless students and readers about social movements - about race, class, poverty and power. More importantly, he taught us how to think about the society and our political relationship to it. He was a mentor to many. Thousands of his students who learned from his 40 years of classes and community activities carry on their work for social and economic justice. They are guided by his intellectual contributions and by his commitment to fight poverty, which one could not help but absorb if only through his sheer tenacity.

At the time Grossinger was working for the AFL-CIO.

ProgressNow To: Date: 2008-04-29 18:29

Subject: Do you want to discuss any of these states?

Dear Board, Investors and Progressive Partner Organizations,

Great news! We are proud to announce our newest advisors below. I've also included the most recent successes in each of our state partner organizations.

Please let me know if you'd like to discuss any ProgressNow partner states: California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Washington or Wisconsin.

I'd also like your advice on any of these states: Arizona, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon or Pennsylvania.

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P.S. Let me know if you wish to discuss our plans around the August convention in Denver (the Pepsi Center is four blocks from our office).

P.P.S. Below is an updated list of our advisors (if you would like to be added let me know)

National Board of Directors: Wes Boyd, Martin Collier, Rob McKay, Doug Phelps, Jared Polis, Deborah Rappaport, Bill Roberts, Jeff Rusnak, Anne Summers, Ted Trimpa (Chair) and Joe Zimlich (We recently lost one of our cherished board members-- Adam Solomon-- who went out of his way to help so many of us and so many progressive causes. Our deepest condolences to his entire family. Adam's passing is a true loss and we will miss him.)

Advisors Include: Alexandra Acker, Karen Ackerman, Jennifer Ancona, Adam Bink, Kafi Blumenfield, Bill Budinger, Marc Buell, Anne Bartley, Patricia Bauman, Jeff Blum, Heather Booth, Robert Borosage, David Brock, Anna Burger, Steve Cobble, Noey Congdon, David Donnelly, Cathy Duvall, Christian Ettinger, Patricia Evert, Kirstin Falk, Ricki Feller, David Friedman, Meg Gage, Beth Ganz, Chris Gates, James Golin, Ellen Golumbek, Ken Grossinger, Jill Hanauer, Honorable Gary Hart, Jerry Hauser, Bracken Hendricks, Norton Kalishman, Craig Kaplan, Paul Lhevine, Paul Loeb, Mark Lotwis, John Luongo, Mike Lux, Awilda Marquez, Matt MacWilliams, Tony Masarro, Peter Murray, Sandy Newman, Eli Pariser, Steve Phillips, Drummond Pike, John Podesta, Mike Podhorzer, Zach Pollet, Carl Pope, Rachel Pritzker, Andrew Rasiej, Cecile Richards, Will Robinson, Robin Rorapaugh, Donald Ross, Ron Rowell, Catalina Ruiz-Healy, Laura Quinn, Marsha Scott, Steve Silberstein, David Sirota, Frank Smith, Greg Speed, Steve Shapiro, Rob Stein, John Stocks, Valerie Tarico, Betsy Taylor, Roy Temple, Lisa Turner, Michael Vachon, Phil Villers, Antha Williams, Al Yates, Jon Youngdahl, David Zwick.

ProgressNow affiliate organizations have already launched in nine states and we hope to expand to twenty-five states by 2012.

Drum Major Institute

In 2009 Ken Grossinger of CrossCurrents Foundation was listed as a member of the Drum Major Institute Board of Directors[7].


Ken Grossinger serves on the Board of Directors of the Center For Health, Environment and Justice and on the Editorial Board of Social Policy and serves as the Labor Commissioner to the District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.