Ananda Lee Tan recently returned to our CJA family to support dozens of Our Power Communities in organizing a Just Transition to local, living economies that serve people and planet. Along with Indigenous Environmental Network, Movement Generation, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative and others, Ananda co-convened the Climate Justice Alliance back in 2009, supporting CJA though its formative years of growth. As an organizer, trainer, direct action strategist, and pathfinder, Ananda has organized social movements around the world since mid 1980s – building activist coalitions, networks and alliances for Indigenous land defense, worker rights, environmental justice, energy democracy, ecoforestry, food sovereignty, climate justice and peace.
In recent years, Ananda has been guiding the world of philanthropy towards a deeper understanding of movement ecosystems. In 2013, he co-convened the Building Equity & Alignment for Impact Initiative – a collaborative of national NGOs, grassroots groups and funders to build a stronger environmental movement. He also helped envision and plan the People’s Climate March, which emerged from this collaboration in 2014. Originally from the community of Santiniketan, Ananda presently lives on the territories of the Coast Salish First Nations in the Pacific Northwest.