Marshall Ganz is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He entered Harvard College in the fall of 1960, leaving a year before graduation to volunteer with the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project. He found a “calling” as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and, in the fall of 1965, joined Cesar Chavez in his effort to unionize California farm workers. During 16 years with the United Farm Workers he gained experience in union, political, and community organizing. During the 1980s, he worked with grassroots groups to develop new organizing programs and designed innovative voter mobilization strategies for local, state, and national electoral campaigns. In 1991, in order to deepen his intellectual understanding of his work, he returned to Harvard College and, after a 28-year “leave of absence,” completed his undergraduate degree in history and government. He was awarded an MPA by the Kennedy School in 1993, completed his PhD in sociology in 2000, and awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity by the Episcopal Divinity School in 2010. As senior lecturer, he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics.
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? When I am for myself alone, what am I? If not now, when?”