After more than a decade leading innovative organizing and corporate accountability campaigns based in deep power analysis and investigative research, Katie Unger launched her consulting practice to build movement organizations’ skills and tools to confront power. Through a mix of training and coaching, assessment and planning, and partnering with teams on campaign development and research, she helps organizations more effectively target campaigns, develop strategy, and execute impactful tactics.
Katie grew up in a family of generations of radical organizers, and went to her first protest at two-weeks old. She’s been organizing and studying protest ever since, and her consulting draws from the strengths of many traditions, structures and movements. Her current and recent clients include organizations fighting for racial justice and criminal justice reform, voting rights, affordable and fair housing, and workplace and labor justice.
As Deputy Director of Strategic Affairs of the Change to Win labor federation Katie led research development on the fast-food industry to plan the groundbreaking initiative that has become the national Fight for 15. Beginning in 2014, Katie was a Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit in New York City, organizing partnerships with grassroots advocates and activists to win Paid Sick Leave and Universal Pre-K for millions of New Yorkers.
Katie has written on work and labor for City Limits, and is a skilled presenter, moderator and facilitator. She is an active leader with Showing Up for Racial Justice and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She’s also is a graduate of Yale University and leadership programs including the Rockwood Leadership Institute. A former theatrical carpenter and rigger, Katie lives in Brooklyn and still loves musicals and making things.