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Scot Nakagawa

Scot Nakagawa has been a service provider, organization builder, political campaigner, and grassroots activist since 1979. Scot was the founding staff person of the Coalition for Human Dignity, an organization created in 1988 to respond to the racist murder of Ethiopian immigrant, Mulugeta Seraw, by neo-nazi skinheads in Portland, Oregon. Since then, he has advised numerous campaigns against right wing sponsored ballot initiatives, served as a member of the NW Advisory Board of the National Anti-Klan Network, Fight the Right Organizer and Field Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, Education Co-Coordinator and Development Strategist for the Highlander Research and Education Center, and Associate Director of the Western Prison Project (Partnership for Safety and Justice).

In addition to his work in social justice advocacy, Scot is a past Executive Director of the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation of Oregon, and Program Director and Executive Director of Social Justice Fund, NW.

Currently, Scot is co-founder and Senior Partner of ChangeLab, a national racial equity think/act lab promoting innovation in racial equity advocacy. He is a Soros Equality Fellow of the Open Society Foundations, and Senior Fellow on Nationalism, Authoritarianism, and Race for Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. He is currently hard at work on The Anti-Authoritarian Playbook, a resource manual for progressive strategists, communicators, community leaders and organizers.