Jordan Berg Powers (he/him) is a consultant out of Worcester Massachusetts. He was recently the former Executive Director of Mass Alliance where he was for 13 years. As a broad coalition of 29 political and advocacy organizations with different sizes, organizational structures, and focus issues, Jordan knitted together these disparate groups to build a powerful cohesive table dedicated to making Massachusetts work better for everyone. He has been the coalition’s director for more than a decade, during which he tripled the budget and size of Mass Alliance. Jordan has trained hundreds of activists and organizers across the state on understanding government, advocating for progressive issues, grassroots campaigning, messaging, and political power. In 2015 Jordan was recognized for his exceptional work in politics as an inaugural inductee into the 40 under 40 Poly Award. Using his expertise in talking to ordinary voters about progressive policy, Jordan successfully won campaigns for saving public education, environmental justice, and a more progressive tax system for the Commonwealth.
Currently Jordan is consulting national organizations on Executive Director support, organizing, politics, messaging and the best practices on integrating DEI into organizational work.
Jordan serves as a Zoning Board Commissioner for the City of Worcester. He is also on the board of JOIN for Justice, MassBudget, Partners in Democracy, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA), Committee for Social Action for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) - Boston Area, Teen Just-Us, and the Jewish Liberation Fund; he is also on the advisory committee for the RAC Massachusetts. In 2018 Jordan was lucky enough to be a part of the JewV’Nation Fellowship, a leadership development program for visionary Jewish leaders across North America.
Jordan has a Masters in International Politics from the London School of Oriental & African Studies, as well as a B.A. in International Development and a B.A. in Economics from American University.
The following blog post is adapted from the invocation given by Rabbi Jonah Pesner and remarks given by Jordan Berg-Powers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Jewish American Heritage Month event celebrating Jewish contributions to agriculture and the fight against hunger in America.