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The next generation of field managers

In order to win on the most pressing issues, organizations need to know that the people on the front lines are equipped with the necessary skills to run effective organizing programs. And that's what OFA's first ever Field Management Professional Fellowship set out to do. Professionals from around the country spent six weeks learning and working together to develop skills to take back to the field.Twenty-six field management fellows were selected from among more than 100 applicants from all parts of the country. The program, which ran for six weeks, engaged learners both online and offline. During the first phase of the program, fellows engaged in weekly evening webinars led by a variety of field management experts. The second phase of the program brought fellows to Chicago for a two-day end-of-program practicum. As part of the practicum, fellows had the opportunity to put their new skills into practice under the supervision of experienced, field-tested coaches.

ORGANIZING DIRECTOR SPOTLIGHT:

What was your biggest takeaway?

The field management track of the OFA Fellowship is another opportunity for OFA to create a pool of high-quality talent at every level of the progressive movement. Seventy-four percent of graduating fellows are actively looking for field management positions, and OFA is committed to helping them network, find the right opportunities, and connect with potential employers. These fellows are now ready to run people-centered, metrics-driven field programs.

OFA is making a long-term impact on the progressive movement—but this hard work needs support.

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