IVP Staff

Kenneth Galdston - IVP Director/Lead Organizer. In addition to helping organize and serving as the lead organizer of the Naugatuck and Merrimack Valley Projects, Galdston has organized with African-American and white rural poor people in North Carolina, in blue collar and middle class neighborhoods in Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Buffalo, and with a labor-based plant closing coalition in Eastern Massachusetts. He has worked with leaders to create each of the other IVP member organizations as well. He trained and worked with the Industrial Areas Foundation for seven years. Just prior to working with the Naugatuck Valley Project he graduated with a masters degree in management from the Yale School of Organization and Management.

Kevin Raymond Odell - IVP Development and Operations Director.  Kevin Raymond Odell brings over 20 years of political advocacy, grant writing, policy development and grassroots organizing experience to IVP. While with the National Toxics Campaign (NTC), Odell helped organize a low-income housing community in Raleigh, North Carolina against the siting of a hazardous waste incinerator and later worked with an in Eastern North Carolina on groundwater contamination issues. He subsequently co-founded two non-profit organizations in Portland, Oregon: OPAL (Organizing People-Activating Leaders) and Groundwork Portland and served as Executive Director with OPAL. Most recently, he was the Coalition Coordinator with On The Move (OTM) in Boston from 2010-2017, a coalition of community-based organizations concerned with transportation equity. On the development side, Odell raised over $500,000 during his tenure with OTM through a variety of national, regional and local foundations in Greater Boston. He also raised the operating and start-up budgets for the two organizations in OPAL and Ground Water Portland, successfully raising over $1,000,000 from 2006-2010 from private foundations, public agencies and major donors across the Portland Metro area.




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