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.

Download a flyer 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

MICAH Milwaukee pastors speak to CNN correspondent about Christian Nationalism
Addressing former president Donald Trump’s claim during Holy Week 2024 that Christianity is under attack in this country, three pastors from Gamaliel affiliate MICAH-Milwaukee recently spoke with CNN correspondent Donie O’Sullivan. During the interview, Rev. Joe Jackson, Rev. Dennis Jacobsen, and Rev. Richard Shaw described the dangers of Christian Nationalism, an egregious form of authoritarianism…
The Biden-Harris Administration overturns the 40-year ban on local hire!
The Biden-Harris Administration overturns the 40-year ban on local hire!
On Thursday, April 4, 2024, the Biden-Harris Administration released “substantial updates” to the Office of Management and Budget’s Guidance for Federal Financial Assistance. The guidance overturns the 40-year ban on local hire, and for those of us who were part of Gamaliel’s transportation campaign (i.e., Transportation Equity Network or TEN) between 2004 and 2015 and…
2023 Reflections
A review of the work Gamaliel has done in 2023. View Booklet
Giving Tuesday 2023 Eblast!
Giving Tuesday 2023 Eblast!
After each training that Gamaliel hosts, participants are asked to evaluate their experience. Here are just a few of the “additional comments” received following a recent training: – You all built a community in one week. I didn’t think that was possible. – I don’t leave this training as a different person, but I am…