Kenneth Galdston - IVP Director/Lead Organizer. In addition to helping organize and serving as the lead organizer of the Naugatuck and Merrimack Valley Projects, Galdston has organized with African-American and white rural poor people in North Carolina, in blue collar and middle class neighborhoods in Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Buffalo, and with a labor-based plant closing coalition in Eastern Massachusetts. He has worked with leaders to create each of the other IVP member organizations as well. He trained and worked with the Industrial Areas Foundation for seven years. Just prior to working with the Naugatuck Valley Project he graduated with a masters degree in management from the Yale School of Organization and Management.
Henry Neuwirth - IVP Development and Operations Director. Henry Neuwirth most recently served as Lowell and Haverhill Chapters Organizer for the Merrimack Valley Project (MVP), helping the organization carry out an ambitious house meeting campaign in Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill that reach over 700 leaders. His work led to leaders actively engaged in winning campaigns, including MVP’s contribution to the Raise UP Massachusetts minimum wage and earned sick time victory, and the creation of Massachusetts Learner’s Permit test in Burmese, which will benefit several thousand refugees in Lowell and statewide. Neuwirth has helped lead successful fundraising campaigns at MVP, and while a student at Carleton College. He was a JOIN (Jewish Organizing Initiative and Network) Fellow during his first year at MVP.
Andrea Sheppard Lomba - IVP Congregational Development Training Director - Andrea Sheppard's work for IVP builds on her work at St. Mark Roman Catholic Parish in Dorchester, Massachusetts and a half a dozen other congregations during the past 8 years. She has worked with clergy and lay leaders to build strong congregations and has helped organize parish campaigns around economic redevelopment of the business district near St. Mark's, a voter registration, education and turn-out campaign, and a citizenship and ESOL campaign with scores of new immigrants at St. Mark's. She grew up in Conyers, Georgia, and is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina where she majored in Religion. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School with a Master's of Divinity degree. She has studied community organizing with Marshall Ganz at Harvard's Kennedy School, and served for three years as a teaching assistant for his course, "Organizing: People, Power and Change."