Gamaliel Network

5401 S Cornell Ave, Unit 301, Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: (312) 357-2639

Gamaliel was founded in 1986 to train community and faith leaders to build political power and create organizations that unite people of diverse faiths and races.

Our mission is to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. Gamaliel’s diverse members apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities.

Our work falls into three main areas:

We develop powerful leaders through training
Gamaliel organizes: three national weeklong trainings per year, an advanced leadership/strategic campaigns training, Ntosake women’s leadership development training, African American Leadership Commission, National Clergy Caucus, and national leadership conferences across the country. These events reach more than 1,000 in total in a typical year. Learn about our training here.

We run influential advocacy & nonpartisan civic engagement campaigns
Gamaliel helped pioneer advocacy and organizing on regional equity 15 years ago working with partners like john powell and others. This work continues to be foundational to our policy and issue organizing. Recognizing infrastructure projects’ job-creation potential, and building on local affiliates worker rights’ advocacy, Gamaliel has focused its campaign and jobs work on increasing access to jobs and job training on these mega-projects. This is a major focus of current work along with other issue campaigns including education transparency and accountability and immigration reform.

We build strong local organizations
With 44 affiliates and 7 state offices in 17 states, Gamaliel works to build strong metropolitan and statewide organizations. National staff provides consulting, training and support to leaders and staff in local organizations. A survey of organizers and lead staff across the network at year’s end found that Gamaliel’s national staff is majority women: People of color are about 40 percent of organizers, lead organizers, and directors across the network (56% of organizers across network are women; 26% are women of color). Learn about our affiliates below:


Directory by States

  • California
    California is listed on the NBOP Affiliates page
  • Georgia

    ABLE, Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment

    5300 Memorial Drive, Suite 216
    Stone Mountain, GA  30083
    (404) 286-0392
    President: Dr. Mark Lomax

  • Illinois

    Gamaliel of Illinois

    2026 S. Blue Island Avenue
    Chicago, IL  60608
    (312) 666-2663
    Director: Juan Soto

    Gamaliel of Metro Chicago

    Pilsen Neighbors Community Council
    President: Manuel Medina; Administrator: Ana Padilla; Communications: Veronica Montes Organizer: Nurys Uceta

    SSAC, South Suburban Action Conference

    15400 Lincoln Street #2
    Harvey, IL  60426
    (708) 331-6069
    President: Deacon LaVonn Traylor

    Faith Coalition for the Common Good

    c/o Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
    2208 E. Kansas Street
    Springfield, IL  62703
    (217) 544-2297
    President: Silas Johnson. Director, Shelly Heideman

    UCM, United Congregations Metro East

    1657 5th Street
    PO Box 166
    Madison, IL  62060
    (618) 451-1458
    President: Norma Patterson. Organizers, Larry Gallagher & Cheryl Sommer

  • Indiana

    Indiana Organizing Project

    715 East Wayne Street
    South Bend, IN  46617
    Co-presidents: Andre Mcghee, Fr. John Korcsmar

  • Iowa

    QCI, Quad Cities Interfaith

    601 Brady St., Suite 208
    Davenport, IA  52803
    (563) 322-4910
    President: Rev. Clark Olson-Smith. Lead Organizer: Leslie Kilgannon

  • Maryland


    3200 Garrison Blvd
    Baltimore, Maryland 21216
    (929) 274-3430
    Co-chairs: Rev. Marlon Tilghman & Rev. Brian Murray
    Organizer: Rev. Gayle Briscoe

    PRISCM, Partnership for Renewal In Southern and Central Maryland

    c/o Gethsemane UMC, 910 Addison Road S
    Capital Heights, MD  20743
    (301) 529-0551
    President: Esther Shepard-Powell 

  • Michigan

    Gamaliel of Michigan

    PO Box 231500
    20615 Fenkell St.
    Detroit, MI 48223
    (313) 887-5180
    Director: Sr. Cheryl Liske<

    ACTION of Greater Lansing

    201 W. Miller Rd.
    Lansing, MI  48911
    (517) 580-0552
    President: Fr. Fred Thelen. Director: Aida Cuadrado. Administrator: Mary Hanna

    ISAAC, Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community

    247 W. Lovell St.
    Kalamazoo, MI  49007
    (269) 341-4213
    President: Matt Weiler. Director: Charlae Davis. Organizer: Vanessa Miller

    JONAH, Joint-Religious Organizing Network for Action & Hope

    16. E. Van Buren Street
    Battle Creek, MI  49017
    (269) 660-1950
    Coordinator: Mickey Harris

    MOSES, Metropolitan Organizing Strategy for Enabling Strength

    220 Bagley Street #212
    Detroit, MI  48226
    (313) 962-5290
    President: Donald Bryant; Director: Ponsella Hardaway. Organizers: DeJuan Bland, Matthew Friedrichs, Jessica Hinton, Kandia Milton. Administrator: Eufayba Suber

    We-ROC, Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition

    Ypsilanti, MI

    The Ezekiel Project

    403 S Jefferson Ave
    Saginaw, MI  48607
    (989) 755-1620
    Co-Presidents: Joyce Seals and Willie Haynes. Organizers: Jamie Forbes, Cornelius ‘Neil’ Phelps III

  • Minnesota

    Asamblea de Derechos Civiles

    3500 38th Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN  55406
    President: Maria Elena Gutierrez. Co-founders: Antonia Alvarez, Pablo Tapia. Development: Ned Moore

  • Missouri & Kansas

    MCU, Metropolitan Congregations United

    4501 Westminster Place
    St. Louis, MO  63108
    (314) 367-3484
    President: Rev. Karen Anderson. Director: David Gerth. Organizers: Brittini Gray, Sr. Gail Guelker, Rev. Shaun Jones, Rev. Susan Sneed, Nia Nyamweya. Administrator: Will Currie

    MORE2, Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity

    3901 Main St., #201
    Kansas City, MO  64111
    (816) 277-5912
    Co-presidents: Pastor Michael Brooks, Rabbi Doug Alpert. Director: Lora McDonald

  • New Hampshire

    ABLE NH, Advocates Building Lasting Equality

    2 1/2 Beacon Street
    Concord, NH  03301
    (603) 271-2336
    President: Jen Pineo

  • New York

    Gamaliel New York

    Director: Bruce McKay

    ACT-Syracuse, Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse

    910 Madison St.
    Syracuse, NY  13207
    (315) 416-6363
    President: Dave Babcock. Director Mark Cass. Administrator: Simangaliso Smith

    NOAH, Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope

    8701 Buffalo Ave, Suite 101
    Niagara Falls, NY  14304
    (716) 285-3590
    President: Rev. Joanne Scott. Organizer: Brian Zralek


    345 Franklin St.
    Buffalo, NY  14202
    President: Pastor James Giles. Director: Michael Nicolas Okinczyc (also director of Gamaliel Western New York). Organizers: Shaketa Redden. Administrator: Martha Hazen

    Rochester ACTS

    124 Evergreen St.
    Rochester, NY  14605
    President: Mario Escalante. Organizer: Jon Greenbaum

    LION, Long Island Organizing Network

    1018 Northville Turnpike
    Riverhead, NY  11901
    (631) 727-1006
    President: Bishop Andy Lewter

  • Ohio

    ACTION, Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Others

    20 Federal Place M8
    Youngstown, OH  44501
    (330) 941-0475
    President: Rev. Dr. M. Rosie Taylor. Director: Rose Carter

  • Pennsylvania

    PIIN, Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network

    564 Forbes Ave., Suite 808
    Pittsburgh, PA  15219
    (412) 621-9230
    President: Rev. Richard Freeman, Sr., Director: Lois Campbell. Organizers: Evans Moore, Sue Thorn, Irene Habermann, Catherine Balsamo. Administrator: Susan Lithgow


    902 East 6th Street
    Erie, PA  16507
    (814) 456-6189

  • Tennessee

    NOAH, Nashville Organized for Action and Hope

    PO Box 331144
    Nashville, TN  37203
    (615) 905-6624
    President: Rev. Ed Thompson. Lead organizer: Mike Hodge

  • Virginia

    Gamaliel of Virginia

    Empower Hampton Roads

    PO Box 14063
    Norfolk, VA  23518
    (757) 615-1006
    President: Jim Parke. Director: Angela James


    PO Box 2965
    Petersburg, VA  2380
    Organizer: Daniel Todd

  • Wisconsin

    WISDOM & Reclaim Our Communities Campaign

    2821 N. Fourth Street, #537
    Milwaukee, WI  532121
    (414) 831-2070
    President: Sandy Milligan. Director: David Liners. Organizer: David Fields. Administrator: Sr. Barbara Pfarr

    AMOS, Advocating, Mobilizing, and Organizing in Solidarity

    PO Box 1211
    La Crosse, WI  54602
    (608) 606-9419
    President: Wesley White. Organizer: Frank Kroncke

    CUSH, Congregations United to Serve Humanity

    5605 Sheridan Rd.
    Kenosha, WI  53141
    (262) 564-8223
    President: Rev. Kathy Gloff. Organizer: Dawn Lingo

    ESTHER, Equality, Solidarity, Truth, Hope, Empowerment, Reform

    PO Box 784
    Neenah, WI  54957
    (920) 843-8083

    President: Fr. Joe Mattern. Organizer: Stephanie Gyldenvand

    JONAH, Joining Our Neighbors, Advancing Hope

    2233 Birch Street
    Eau Claire, WI  54703
    President: Rev. Mike Wollman. Organizer: John Stedman

    JOSHUA, Justice Organization Sharing Hope and United for Action

    130 St. Matthew St.
    Green Bay, WI  54301
    (920) 362-1511
    Co-Presidents: Marian Boyle, Jim Soletski. Organizer: Rachel Westenberg

    MICAH, Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope

    1927 North 4th St., Suite 204
    Milwaukee, WI  53212
    (414) 264-0805
    President: Rev. Marilyn Miller; Director: Catoya Roberts. Organizer, Caleb Roberts. Administrator: Sahvana Williams


    PO Box 7031
    Madison, WI  53707
    (608) 509-7433
    President: Eric Howland


    930 Edgewood Road
    Wausau, WI  54403
    President: Ron Alexander

    RIC, Racine Interfaith Coalition

    2032A DeKoven Avenue
    Racine, WI  53403
    (262) 635-9532
    President: Greg Petro. Organizer: Michael Muelller

    SOPHIA, Stewards Of Prophetic, Hopeful, Intentional, Action

    100 E Broadway
    Waukesha, WI  53186
    President: Betty Groenewold. Organizer: Bernie Gonzalez

  • International
    Gamaliel has worked internationally over the years, helping to create Congregationally Based Community Organizing in South Africa and Church Action on Poverty in Great Britain.