MOVEMENT COMMONS



We partner with philanthropy and field practitioners to design, pilot, and scale both innovation and coordinated action that advance social movements. This work builds upon our collaborative grantmaking interventions to re-orient philanthropic resources to be aligned with local movement priorities and support regional power-building efforts, which has successfully coordinated and aligned $1.5 million in the last 3 years to regional civic engagement alliances (Bay Rising and Lift Up Contra Costa) comprised of grassroots groups organizing for racial and economic justice. We are also engaging individual donors in adopting an ecosystem approach to supporting social movements.

For information about our Movement Commons work, contact Mario Lugay, Innovation Director at mario@justicefunders.org.


is the 2013-2015 program fellow in public policy and civic engagement. Alex comes to the Foundation with nearly 15 years of experience fighting for human rights in the New York and New Jersey area, playing varying roles as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate.  In the wake of September 11th, for example, he co-designed and managed a $1.15 million relief and recovery program at the Asian American Federation of New York to assist the thousands of Asian Americans impacted by the disaster.  Alex has worked with groups such as the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York , the New York City AIDS Housing Network, and the Urban Justice Center, helping to successfully increase New York’s minimum wage in 2005, fighting for stronger tenant protection laws, and pushing for legislation that would eliminate institutional discrimination in city government using universal human rights principles, respectively. In his role as a community lawyer, Alex founded the New Jersey office of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he managed its civil and workers’ rights docket and oversaw its organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights in the state.  Most recently, Alex served as a public defender in New Jersey, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark. - See more at: http://www.sff.org/about-tsff/who-we-are/foundation-staff/alexander-w-saingchin/#sthash.oYSn8vfF.dpuf
is the 2013-2015 program fellow in public policy and civic engagement. Alex comes to the Foundation with nearly 15 years of experience fighting for human rights in the New York and New Jersey area, playing varying roles as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate.  In the wake of September 11th, for example, he co-designed and managed a $1.15 million relief and recovery program at the Asian American Federation of New York to assist the thousands of Asian Americans impacted by the disaster.  Alex has worked with groups such as the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York , the New York City AIDS Housing Network, and the Urban Justice Center, helping to successfully increase New York’s minimum wage in 2005, fighting for stronger tenant protection laws, and pushing for legislation that would eliminate institutional discrimination in city government using universal human rights principles, respectively. In his role as a community lawyer, Alex founded the New Jersey office of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he managed its civil and workers’ rights docket and oversaw its organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights in the state.  Most recently, Alex served as a public defender in New Jersey, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark. - See more at: http://www.sff.org/about-tsff/who-we-are/foundation-staff/alexander-w-saingchin/#sthash.oYSn8vfF.dpuf
is the 2013-2015 program fellow in public policy and civic engagement. Alex comes to the Foundation with nearly 15 years of experience fighting for human rights in the New York and New Jersey area, playing varying roles as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate.  In the wake of September 11th, for example, he co-designed and managed a $1.15 million relief and recovery program at the Asian American Federation of New York to assist the thousands of Asian Americans impacted by the disaster.  Alex has worked with groups such as the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York , the New York City AIDS Housing Network, and the Urban Justice Center, helping to successfully increase New York’s minimum wage in 2005, fighting for stronger tenant protection laws, and pushing for legislation that would eliminate institutional discrimination in city government using universal human rights principles, respectively. In his role as a community lawyer, Alex founded the New Jersey office of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he managed its civil and workers’ rights docket and oversaw its organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights in the state.  Most recently, Alex served as a public defender in New Jersey, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark. - See more at: http://www.sff.org/about-tsff/who-we-are/foundation-staff/alexander-w-saingchin/#sthash.oYSn8vfF.dpuf

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