Bio: Stephen Smith is the Director of the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, a movement-building organization that seeks to make West Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family – no matter who you are. In the last 5 years, we have helped win 26 state policy victories (from raising the minimum wage to expanding school breakfasts), start 29 student chapters, fund 209 community development projects, launch a statewide racial justice organization, and offer candidate training to 203 West Virginians. A veteran organizer with stints in Boston, Chicago, and overseas, Stephen is also the author of Stoking the Fire of Democracy: Our Generation’s Introduction to Grassroots Organizing. He now lives with his brilliant wife Sara and fiery son Jackson in his hometown of Charleston, WV.
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I am a community organizer in West Virginia. At the end of 2017, I traveled for a week with friends and colleagues through Appalachia and the Rust Belt, seeking lessons […]Read More