RoadMap is a national network of seasoned capacity builders dedicated to supporting movement organizations and leaders through their biggest, toughest, most exciting internal and external challenges. We believe that social justice organizations are critical to creating transformational change in our society. We also believe that in order to achieve this transformational change, organizations need and deserve support around every aspect of their work from formulating movement building strategies to developing and implementing a strategic plan.
We are network of nearly 90 capacity-builders who love what we do and are committed to staying rooted in social justice and movement building. We strive to understand each organizations goals, strategies, structures and cultures in order to help movement organizations win in these tough political times. As such, we are able to engage deeply with clients to provide tailored capacity building that fits their needs and through a framework that both embodies and advances social and racial justice. Annually, RoadMap directly engages with 50+ organizations through 12-18-month engagements. Most clients are either referred to us by funders, seek out our services directly (self-pay), or are part of alliances or networks and funded as a cohort of organizations.
We bring extensive on-the-ground experience, a range of complementary skills, and a diversity of race and ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and geographic backgrounds that is rare in the consulting field.
RoadMap continues the successful work of the Management Assistance Program (MAP) of the French American Charitable Trust (FACT). Over a period of seven years, MAP conducted more than 90 capacity building engagements with 39 social justice organizations and consistently received highly favorable evaluation ratings. As FACT prepared to spend down in 2010, social justice organizations and funders alike expressed the need to continue MAP in some way. As a result of this demand from the field RoadMap was born with two seasoned consultants, Emily Goldfarb and Elsa A. Ríos, as its initial Co-Directors. Click here for more information about FACT’s efforts to strengthen organizations.
RoadMap exists to provide this support through high-impact, relevant and integrated consulting services. As a team of capacity-builders “indigenous” to social justice and movement-building, we understand the organizational goals, strategies, structures and cultures particular to social justice organizations. As such, we are able to engage deeply with clients to provide precisely tailored capacity-building that fits their needs. In doing so, RoadMap helps fill a broader need in the social justice sector: The need for relevant organizational development and coaching support applied through a framework that both embodies and advances social justice.
While RoadMap does not have a formal staff, an Operations Team was established in 2015 to help oversee the network’s day-to-day operations and act as a coordinating body. The Operations Team provides the Interim Director with thought leadership and support in setting strategy and priorities for RoadMap. The team members are not employees, but rather independent consultants working from 5-30 hours per week.
The current Operations Team is:
- imi rashid, Accountant
- Jess St. Louis, Communications Manager
- Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, Interim Director
- Nijmie Dzurinko, Director of Partnerships and Learning
- Stephanie Rodriguez, Associate Director of Programs
In addition to providing coaching and consulting services, RoadMap serves as a forum for peer exchange and innovation, developing and testing new strategies to help build the social justice sector as a whole.