Avi Green 


 

This is the personal website for Avi Green, who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  You can reach me by emailing avi at avigreen dot org.  There are several other people with same name -- Avi Green -- with presences on the web.  If you are one of them, and would like me to add a pointer to your website from here, please contact him.  You can also find me on LinkedIn. Below is my bio blurb:

Avi is Director of Civic Outreach and Development for the Scholars Strategy Network, a nationwide group of progressive-minded university-based scholars working to improve public policy and enhance democracy.   From 2006 to 2012, Avi was Executive Director of MassVOTE, an organization that works to reduce racial and economic disparities in voting, civic participation, and political power in Massachusetts.  Appointed by Governor Deval Patrick, Avi is a member of the Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission and the Local Election District Review Commission.   Avi is also a member and former chair of the Cambridge City Democratic Committee.

Avi first came to the Boston area in 1990 to take summer classes at Tufts University.  In 1996, Avi graduated Columbia University, where he earned honors in Comparative Religion and completed a minor in Mathematics.  After college, while teaching in an elementary school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Avi first became interested in fighting for voting rights, political reform, and social justice when he saw how US Senate candidate Harvey Gantt, the first African-American mayor of Charlotte, was denied the opportunity to debate his opponent, arch-conservative Jesse Helms.  

In 1999, Avi earned a master's degree at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  Between leaving the Kennedy School and joining MassVOTE, Avi worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations and political campaigns as an organizer, field director, campaign manager, and consultant, including the Somerville Haitian Coalition, Clean Water Action, Al Gore's 2000 campaign for president, former Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo, Sr.'s 2003 campaign, the Gill Foundation, and many others.  Avi also spent a year and a half working at Artex Knitting Mills, a union textile mill in Westville, New Jersey, that was founded by over 80 years ago by Avi's grandfather.  Avi is married to Cambridge native Sarah Almer.