Ilana has been organizing since 1996 — her first organizing job was with Californians for Justice, fighting the anti-affirmative action Proposition 209, where she led precinct operations in Oakland. After that, she served as Lead Organizer with People Organized to Win Employment Rights in San Francisco, organizing families in welfare-to-work programs.
From 2000-2010 Ilana was the co-founder and Executive Director of Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, working on issues including welfare rights, child care, affordable and public housing and community-led development in Brooklyn. After leaving FUREE, Ilana served as Co-Director of the New Bottom Line, a national alignment of four national community networks working for bank accountability and an equitable and sustainable economy. Her work there included building out a national Steering Committee of over 60 local and statewide affiliates, and coordinating on the ground and on-line activity.
Ilana has consulted for local and national organizations including the Caring Across Generations, National People's Action, Teachers Unite, the North Star Fund, the Center for Community Change and Health GAP. Most recently, Ilana served as Director of Capacity Building with the Center for Popular Democracy, supporting state partners to build stronger, deeper and more sustainable organizations. Ilana has two daughters, Hannah (5) and Rosie (1).