About Us

Gamaliel was founded in 1986 to train community and faith leaders in building political power and creating 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:

1. 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 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 the network are women; 26% are women of color). Learn about our affiliates here.

2. We develop powerful leaders through training

Gamaliel organizes: three national weeklong trainings per year, an advanced leadership/strategic campaigns training every other year, Ntosake women's leadership development training once a year, a biennial Race and Power training, National Religious Leaders Caucus, and national leadership conferences across the country. These events reach more than 1,000 people in a typical year. Learn about our training here.

3. We run influential advocacy & nonpartisan civic engagement campaigns

15 years ago, Gamaliel helped pioneer advocacy and organizing on regional equity, working with partners like John Powell and others. This work continues to be foundational to our policy and issue organizing. Recognizing the job-creation potential of developing and maintaining good infrastructure, and building on local affiliates worker rights’ advocacy, Gamaliel has focused its campaign and jobs work on increasing access to jobs and job training. This is a major focus of current work along with our issue campaigns: criminal justice reform, integrated voter engagement, racial equity, and immigration reform. Learn about our current campaigns here.


Network Updates

Save the date for the 2021 Race and Power in America Summit!
The 2021 Race and Power in America Summit will be held November 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Race and Power in America Summit is Gamaliel’s biennial conference for leaders who share Gamaliel’s commitment to racial equity. Participants can expect powerful speakers and a variety of workshops focused on leadership, organizing money, Integrated Voter Engagement, and…
Save the Date for Ntosake 2021!
Are you a woman who has been searching for leadership training tailored to your needs, perspectives and experiences?  Join Ntosake, a women’s leadership training and development organization of the Gamaliel Network, for our 2021 national training Women Together In Power: Fearless, Determined — No Permission Required. Ntosake is for women, by women. Attendees will receive…
Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign to hold meeting April 29, issues petition
Please join Gamaliel’s Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign on April 29 at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) for El Día del Niño: Niños Migrantes No Acompañados (Children’s Day: Unaccompanied Migrant Children). On the 100th day of President Biden’s term in office, we’re taking action on behalf of the Unaccompanied Migrant Children who…
Gamaliel statement on the Chauvin Trial Verdict
The Board of Directors, staff and affiliates of the Gamaliel Network join in prayer for the family of George Floyd, residents of Minneapolis and across the country, as the emotions of joy and jubilation flow in response to the historic verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. We realize that while justice is an unattainable ideal…