NTanya Lee: Consultant

“My activist path began as a Black 13-year old free-lunch kid in Cedar Rapids, Iowa fighting against Ronald Reagan’s “ketchup is a vegetable” policy. I remember thinking, ‘Who is this fool in the White House?! He clearly has never been poor or hungry. Who is he to decide for us?’

NTanya is an independent movement-building consultant with 30 years of experience in community-based organizing, policy advocacy, multi-racial progressive alliance-building, and electoral campaigns. She has found her skills best utilized supporting social-justice leaders, Executive Directors and alliances to think through complex questions of organizational development, sustainability, long-term vision and strategy.

Clients have included the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing, San Francisco Rising, the Bay Area Rising Strategy Group, Marguerite Casey Foundation/Bay Area Equal Voices, POWER, Causa Justa::Just Cause, and others.

NTanya has a professional reputation as a high-impact strategist and high-integrity leader. For nearly a decade, she was the Executive Director of Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth (c3/c4) in San Francisco and a founding member of San Francisco Rising & SF Rising Action Fund, a strategic electoral alliance rooted in the city’s communities of color. She began her nonprofit experience as a youth worker and public education organizer in New York City in the early ’90s, went on to organize for community victories in Michigan and San Francisco – including landmark policy victories and the election of several progressive people of color to local offices. In 2012 she was the co-director of the Ear To the Ground Project which interviewed 158 social justice leaders and organizers in 30 communities across the United States; the final report can be found at www.eartothegroundproject.org.

As a consultant, NTanya builds upon her organizing skills to support clients’ needs: she is a good listener, a strong analyst of data, systems and interpersonal dynamics, a trustworthy confidant, and a respectful, vision-driven thought-partner.

Personal background: NTanya grew up between two families and across seven states, but claims her roots in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Raised primarily by a Black woman who was at times a ‘welfare recipient’ and always a brilliant social analyst, NTanya’s work has been anchored by the idea that oppressed people have the capacity and the right to self-governance. She is raising a son with her partner in the Bay Area and is as committed to family fun as she is to personal, organizational, and social transformation.

Contact Ntanya: ntanya.lee@gmail.com