SLA Lecture Series

Learn how to make a difference in the 2018 Midterms, and beyond, from veterans of the Obama, Clinton, and Sanders presidential campaigns plus leaders of grassroots groups like and MoveOn. This interactive, online lecture series will be offered on a regular basis throughout the year on topics ranging from Organizing 101 to How to Reframe a Difficult Conversation. See below to sign up for one of our upcoming lectures today!


Upcoming Lectures


Sunday, September 23, 2018 7pm ET

Data 101

Our guest, Joe Kavanagh, was the California Data Director for the 2012 Obama campaign, and a data analyst with the Airbnb mobilization team. He’ll demonstrate how data is important, and how to think about using campaign data strategy as a volunteer to help flip the House.

Register now



Sunday, October 7, 2017 at 7pm ET

How to be an effective leader

Join us and our special guest, Jeremy Bird, for an essential conversation about how to be an effective leader, particularly in a volunteer-centric environment. Jeremy is President and a Founding Partner at 270 Strategies with extensive experience working with startups, domestic and international political campaigns, labor and policy organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. He helped launch 270 Strategies after serving as the National Field Director for the 2012 re-election campaign of President Barack Obama. He will discuss the strategies of using communication and relationship-building skills to effectively manage a volunteer team, and more. 

Register now


Past Lectures


Sunday, September 16, 2018 7 PM EDT

Digital Organizing 101

Join us for a discussion with digital organizing veteran Mariah Craven to learn the critical skills necessary to engage others in your organizing efforts by using digital and social media platforms.



Sunday, June 25 at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET

Organizing 101 with Sara El-Amine

Learn the fundamental theories and best practice of grassroots organizing from Sara El-Amine—who powered Obama’s 2012 win as the first-ever National Director of Training for a presidential campaign. She has trained more than 50,000 progressive volunteers to date and is ready to help us flip the House in November!



July 15

Grassroots Fundraising 101

Some of our most seasoned volunteers (who have raised over $20,000 to flip the House!), along with Saskia Young, SLA Director and former CA state Grassroots Fundraising Director for OFA, will share their tips and tricks for, and experiences with, grassroots fundraising to empower you with the knowledge and confidence to raise the funds that can make a critical difference in the general election. 




July 29

Diversity in Organizing

Join Emmy Ruiz, veteran organizer whose work ranges from mobilizing young voters in Kenya to serving as Political Director for Annie’s List, for a conversation about why diversity in organizing is crucial and how to, both,  cultivate diversity in your local activist community and intentionally incorporate strategic tactics to broaden volunteers base in your everyday organizing efforts.




August 5, 2018

How Political Campaigns Work with Marlon Marshall

Get an insider’s look at what actually happens in a Congressional campaign from Marlon Marshall, a veteran leader from the 2016 Hillary for America and Obama re-election campaigns and National Field Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). You’ll learn the best ways for grassroots volunteers to engage, and much more!