Neal Morgan (from Nevada City, CA1) helps individuals and groups gain effectiveness in electoral field organizing for progressive advocacy and electoral campaigns. He was Obama for America's Youth Vote Field Organizer in Northern Nevada for the 2008 general election, and with his team of 75 student volunteers and interns at the University of Nevada, Reno registered 3000 voters in ten weeks and beat the campaign's campus voter turnout goal by 20%. He has recruited and trained hundreds of volunteers, spoken with thousands of voters in battleground states, and has been a Campus Coach for college organizers with OFA. As a coach and trainer of electoral field organizers and volunteers - most recently as Coaching Director for Western Organizing Workshop - Neal shares a boundless passion for field, expounding a volunteer-centric orientation focused on continuous improvement, friendship, and creativity. He has an infectious conviction about the value and deep benefits of volunteering for and running effective field programs - - for the self, for communities, for neighbors near and far, and for winning close elections.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Haas School of Business B.S. Business Administration 2001

* Marketing, Managerial Accounting, and Political Economy of Industrial Societies
* Designed, taught spring 2001 undergraduate course Mid 20th-Century American High Art

 

ORGANIZER COACHING / TRAINING

WESTERN ORGANIZING WORKSHOP (WOW)

Coaching Director  Feb 2018 - present (full-time, salaried)

* Supporting the growth in electoral field effectiveness of teams and those working to expand and turn out  the progressive vote for Congressional races in CA red districts

* Working with college and high school organizers; campaign field staff and volunteers; Dem party organizers and clubs; PACs; Swing Left, Indivisible, Women's March, LGBTQAI+, and many other resistance groups

* Supporting over 300 activist leaders via remote calls and 6 house-party-style discussions with small groups (5-50 people) per month in key districts around the state

* Areas of focus working with small groups, among other aspects of field: Campus Organizing, Creating Cultures of Growth, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention, Best Practices in and Building Confidence for Direct Voter Contact - - see Program Description


WORKSHOPS 

May 2018
CA23 DEM WOMEN OF KERN CO. / LABOR COUNCIL / RESISTANCE GROUPS

Presenter, full workshop: Volunteer Recruitment, Building Capacity and Creating Cultures of Growth
Trainer, break-out groups: Volunteer Retention and Sustainability

April 2018
CA25 ACTION COUNCIL / RESISTANCE GROUPS 

Presenter, full workshop: Volunteer Recruitment, Building Capacity
Trainer, break-out groups: Volunteer Retention 

Dec 2017
CA49, 45, 48, 39 CODE BLUE / OC RESISTANCE GROUPS 

Presenter, full workshop: Volunteer Recruitment and Building Capacity
Trainer, break-out groups: Persuasion Conversations

Aug 2017
Los Angeles CODE BLUE 

Trainer, break-out groups: Persuasion Conversations and Canvassing Best Practices 

June 2017
Los Angeles WOW Weekend Workshop

Facilitator: two days supporting group of 8 participants
Trainer, break-out groups: Persuasion Conversations
 

ORGANIZING FOR ACTION

Campus Academy Coach  Spring and Fall semesters, 2017

* One of 16 national coaches for over 70 college students in a semester-long organizer training program

* Guide, support organizers-to-be to properly identify a problem/need/opportunity on campus, define goals, develop strategies, and plan, implement, and evaluate tactics

* Particular focus on Story of Self/Us/Now and the use of story-telling as the foundation for connecting with and engaging collaborators, stakeholders, and community members

 

ELECTORAL ORGANIZING

OBAMA FOR AMERICA

2008 Field Organizer, Youth Vote, University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Nevada General Election

* Organized high-functioning, bonded team of 75 college student volunteers and interns

* Team registered over 3000 voters in 10 weeks on campus

* At voter registration deadline, was 150 voters registered shy of counterpart at UNLV, the NV registration leader. UNR consisted of 61% of the UNLV population and half its student body minority share. My team registered 18.75% of the UNR population to vote, versus 10.81% at UNLV

* Led campaign to turn out over 6000 on-campus voters, beating OFA campaign goal by 20%

* Responsible for 2915 volunteer hours scheduled on campus in 12 weeks , second-highest in the state

see: writing about 2008 Nevada general election


2012 GOTV Volunteer, Ohio General Election

* With a team of eight '08 NV organizer colleagues, work resulted in a 73% turnout and 2559 vote margin of victory upset in traditionally GOP stronghold Cuyahoga Falls

* 10 days on the ground: knocked over 1000 doors made over 1500 calls; trained volunteers and modeled best practices for phone banking; supported Field Organizers cutting turf, routing walks

* Created a patronage model to work on behalf of 28 friends and family funders who wanted a more personal connection to the fight for votes on the ground and for 100% of their contribution dollars to go to strengthening the ground game.


2007/2008 Volunteer, Primary Season

* GOTV/C field volunteer in Creston, IA; Abilene, TX; Reno, NV; Portland, OR; Nevada City, CA

see: writing about Obama 2007 IOWA GOTC

 

HILLARY FOR AMERICA / NEVADA DEMOCRATS

2016 OCT/NOV Volunteer, Nevada Together General Election

* 16 days total for last phase of voter registration and Early Vote in Reno, GOTV in Las Vegas

* Recruited, trained 20 volunteers, including three first-time vols, modeled best practices in canvassing/phonebanking

* Knocked over 1000 doors, made over 800 calls, recruited 6 volunteers while canvassing, phonebanking

* Organized a group of 19 friends and family to fund my 16 days in NV and expenses for 2 first-time volunteers who joined our team for GOTV as we worked on behalf of those who couldn't travel to a swing state and wanted 100% of their contributions to go to the ground game: fundraising page here

see: notes from the ground on the 2016 NV coordinated campaign 
 

SPEAKING

Why Volunteer? Oakland High School Students, 2020 CONFERENCE, Oakland July 2017

* Presented interactive, discussion-based Why Volunteer talk to high school students as an introduction to how electoral field programs function, what volunteers do; told through stories of my own experiences, focusing on my first time volunteering in Iowa for Barack Obama in 2007

Philip Guston Talks

* Since 2012 lectures/discussions on American painter Philip Guston - www.nealmorgan.info/guston 

Book Reading from drumming memoir manuscript at Tell It Slant Reading Series, Portland OR Feb 2014

Spoken Word performances from 2011

* On bills with bands or poets, performances as opener for Bill Callahan, Joanna Newsom 

see: spoken word album Neal Morgan / Neal Morgan June 2014

sample press: The Oregonian - May 23, 2014


COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

Organizer, co-Founder, MUSICIANS FOR MEASURE 26-146 Portland Oregon 8/12 - 11/12

* Assembled, directing working group modeled after 2011 Move Your Money campaign to assist campaign for an arts tax to benefit school programs and arts non-profits serving kids

* Delivered to the campaign public endorsements from 309 musicians, bands, and music-related businesses

* Produced campaign promotional video featuring well-loved Portland music figures
 

Organizer, co-Founder, MOVE YOUR MONEY PORTLAND 10/11 - 11/11

* Designed scalable, replicable organizing model for direct contact community advocacy - aimed at closing accounts at big banks

* Assembled and directed a four-person working group to obtain pledges from over 150 members of the music community to divest from their big banks and bank locally

* Provided education and assistance to those divesting, connecting them to staff and resources and our independent research related to community banks and credit unions in the Portland Metro area

* Drafted press releases, phone and email script, designed and maintained recruitment tracking database

* As publicist succeeding in getting prime coverage in the Oregonian, the Portland weeklies, OPB's Think Out Loud and succeeded in helping to bring attention to the divestment effort in solidarity with other community activists and organizations

sample press: Willamette Week
 

MUSIC

DRUMMER, ARRANGER OF DRUMS AND PERCUSSION

* Joanna Newsom from 2006, including Have One On Me, 2010

* Bill Callahan from 2009, including Apocalypse, 2011

* Four solo records from 2007-2017

See Wikipedia page

 

TRADES

Carpenter's Assistant, Swan Building - East Bay Area, CA 2015-2017

* Assistant on 6 residential remodels - - rough framing, finish carpentry, door and window installation

Electrician's Assistant - Bay Area, CA 2016

* Assisted with 5 residential remodels and repairs - - new service whole-house re-wiring, basic troubleshooting and remediation

 

ARTS ADMINISTRATION

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (SFMOMA)

Program Evaluation Consultant - Olafur Eliasson exhibition 11/5 - 12/1/07

* Authored IMLS-grant report on visitor experience and usage of in-gallery interpretive offerings

* Collected, analyzed five times data volume requested due to process efficiencies

* Provided ten manageable recommendations to enhance awareness, increase usage, and improve functionality of interpretive resources for future exhibitions

 

Education Resource Specialist, Koret Visitor Education Center 8/10/05 - 12/1/07

* Increased visitor awareness and utilization of Center programming by improving signage throughout the Museum and working closely with front-line staff to recommend Center programs

* Designed and initiated an informal group discussion education program to engage Center visitors in dialogue about art, highlight works on view, and generate awareness of resources

 

Interim Intellectual Property Associate 12/4/05 - 7/10/06

* Secured permissions for reproductions of copyrighted works with written and verbal proposals; negotiated fees and terms of use; reviewed and edited contracts

* Managed requests for reproduction of SFMOMA works; arranged imaging, fulfilled asset loans

 

Program Evaluation Consultant - Discovery Interface, Spotlight Tour Program 7/10 - 11/4/05

* Initiated, designed, and managed evaluation of the Museum's pilot docent tour program and new on-site computer-based interpretive application

* Developed custom evaluation databases, designed instruments for quantitative and qualitative research, trained research assistants, analyzed and interpreted data

* Authored and presented three comprehensive IMLS-grant reports that included resource-appropriate recommendations to improve the interface and docent programming

 

Interim Manager, Educational Technologies Audience Services 10/1/04 - 7/25/05

* Managed audio tour program including financial forecasting, budgeting, and accounting; development of new initiative proposals; improvement of on-site sales procedure

* Re-negotiated audio tour contract, resulting in a net lease fee reduction of 32%

 

PR and Marketing Assistant 1/7/02 - 6/23/04

* Drafted press releases and worked with editors and journalists to secure coverage

* Developed direct marketing campaigns for small-budget public programs, exhibitions, events

* Managed sfmoma.org/press - responsible for all aspects of press release process including targeted delivery to editors and journalists, image and materials fulfillment, interview scheduling

* Wrote, edited, designed, distributed monthly marketing e-news email

* Managed, trained over 20 volunteers and interns

 

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTING

For YU Contemporary, Portland Oregon

* Directed strategies to expand donor base, build YU brand, increase membership and attendance

* Drafted, distributed press releases, built relationships with editors and journalists to secure coverage

* Wrote and edited executive communique to donors, government, and community leaders including the 2011 Year in Review Director's Letter, and Directors State of YU speech fall 2011

* Managed public relations for the departure of director Sandra Percival, January 2012

 

ALSO

WRITING - including 2015 completed draft of manuscript on drumming and supporting in music

CURATING - 2015-2016 Spoken at Pickathon, curator and organizer of spoken word program at OR music festival

CUSTOM ART FRAMING - since 2011, see www.nealmorgan.info/framing

ART DOCENT - 2003/04 SFMOMA Private Tour Guide of the Museum, collections, and special exhibitions