Curtis Ogden to Speak at Commencement

President David Caruso is pleased to announce that Curtis Ogden has agreed to be Antioch New England’s 2009 commencement speaker on May 3.

Curtis is a senior associate with the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as a popular adjunct faculty member in ANE’s Department of Organization & Management.

In his role at IISC, Curtis brings people from diverse community groups and organizations together to help them work in concert to make a needed change. According to O&M chair Polly Chandler, Curtis will be an inspiring speaker because he understands and can connect with people no matter where they are at in their lives. “Through his work and teaching, he empowers people to make the changes they want to make in the world,” says Polly. “He can speak to all of us.”

Curtis, who students nominated as a commencement speaker, teaches Change Models at ANE. His clients at IISC have included the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International, the Ford Foundation, the Center for Collaborative Education in Boston, the Institute for Civic Leadership in Maine, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Curtis brings to his work and teaching his previous experience in education, community building, leadership development and program design, as well as his passion for efforts that support environmental sustainability. He has worked as an independent consultant to a number of civic engagement and nonprofit support initiatives, including the Building Movement Project (currently housed at Demos), Nonprofit Quarterly, and Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Just prior to joining IISC, Curtis served as the program and knowledge manager of the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship for aspiring urban charter school founders.

The son of two teachers, Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan, but also benefited from early experiences living overseas. After college, he returned to Africa to do community and youth development work in Harare, Zimbabwe. He went on to create ImPACT, a youth service learning program based at The Learning Web in Ithaca, New York. In addition to his work at IISC, Curtis is a board member of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. He has a BA from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. Curtis and his wife Emily, a social worker, currently live in Arlington, Massachusetts, where they are raising their three-year-old daughter Annabel and eagerly expecting identical twin girls in early June.

More about the Interaction Institute for Social Change
The Interaction Institute for Social Change is a nonprofit consulting and training organization that for the past fifteen years has been partnering with individuals, organizations, and communities to achieve greater social impact. Its mission is to ignite and sustain social transformation, catalyze collective action, and build collaborative skills to bring alive a just and sustainable world.

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