Organizing Post Obama, Trump, and COVID


October 21, 2021; 3:30 to 5:00 PM Eastern

Trainer: Khalil Thompson, President, Strategies for Change Group

Guest Speaker: Ashley Everett, Organizer and Strategist

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This session will be a deep dive focus on how to create a campaign organization in the post-Obama, Trump and COVID-19 era. This training will look at tactics, best practices and open a discussion on how to evaluate engagement methodologies in this current environment. It will lay the foundation to how you start thinking about running for office, to becoming an operative, to connecting with communities and ultimately sharing a message that will resonate. Our guest speaker will be Ashley Everett, an experienced organizer and strategist who is passionate about building strong local field programs that connect to story, community, and culture.

About Khalil Thompson

Khalil Christopher Thompson is a native Washingtonian, born and raised in Washington, D.C.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Sociology. He started his career as intern for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee and while weighing whether to stay, another Senator from Illinois called Khalil to move to Chicago, IL and help his run for the Presidency of the United States. He served Senator Barack H. Obama from 2007 until he was inaugurated in 2009. He also served on his 2012 Presidential campaign in North Carolina after finishing working for the 2012 DNCC.

Khalil founded the Strategies for Change Group as a desire to help those he had met on the campaign trail and turn their passion for service into a reality of elected office. Khalil has grown Strategies for Change Group from an idea to a reality. Providing their clients who strategic political evaluation and execution, Strategies for Change Group is a growing leader in the industry. He has serviced almost 45 clients ranging from individual campaigns, unions, small businesses, and leaders.

Khalil has also served County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III for two years and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser for four years in their respective administrations.

Khalil created the Distinguished Gentleman breakfast series. The series gathers African American men from all sectors, working or seeking work, and brings them together to have candid conversations with each other. The series has grown to 3 cities and more to come.

Khalil recently served as the Senior Advisor and National Campaign Manager for the National Urban League’s 2020 Civic Engagement Program. This program connects the ninety Affiliates of the National Urban League in engaging the communities they serve to be a part of the civic process through voter registration, voter communication and engagement.

Khalil currently serves as the Executive Director for Black Men Vote (C4) and Black Men Engaged (C3) organizations, which focuses on African American male civic participation. Khalil simultaneously has his consulting firm which has clients from NARAL, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, US Chamber of Commerce, Book Nook, Jaime Harrison for US Senate and Rev. Raphael Warnock for US Senate.

Khalil C. Thompson lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Meghan and their child Olivia Grace. While he is working hard to make Strategies for Change Group a top tier firm; he also attends John’s Hopkins University and is working on a master’s degree in government with a concentration in Political Communication. He enjoys playing golf and chess.

About Ashley Everett

Ashley Everett is an organizer, strategist and former high school history teacher who has held several campaign jobs; Warren for President, Nevada Democratic Party and most recently, Working Families Party. Ashley is super passionate about how story, community & culture all work together to build strong field programs. As a Latina, Latinx representation and Spanish language justice are important to her. A person living with Multiple Sclerosis, Ashley also enjoys podcasts, astrology (she’s a Sagittarius) and electing progressives into office.