About Us

Change takes organizing. But organizing is also changing.

AJS is a national center for innovative organizing and strategy. We build powerful organizations and communities. We fight for racial, social, and economic justice.

Founded by LeeAnn Hall in 1993, AJS began as the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (NWFCO). Groups in the network built grassroots power in unexpected places. They advanced racial justice and multiracial organizing in rural and conservative communities. In 2003, this network expanded nationally and changed its name to Alliance for a Just Society. Our network played a pivotal role in the national campaign to win the Affordable Care Act.

“The Alliance for a Just Society has demonstrated a long commitment to racial justice work and has been so effective in moving community organizations from principles to practice.”

— Rinku Sen, author and racial justice leader

AJS has a reputation for collaborative, hands-on work with organizations. We partner with movement organizations to improve their impact. AJS has trained thousands of organizers and coached organizing teams large and small. AJS has a deep commitment to grassroots leadership and member-driven organizing.

No longer a network of organizations, AJS remains a leader in social change strategy. We use training, political education, coaching, and campaign strategy to advance the public good.

Alliance for a Just Society also helps organizations audit their organizing programs and campaigns to sharpen their strategy and staff management. If you are interested in working with us, email admin@juststrategy.org.

Alliance for Just Society’s 501(c)(4) sister organization is Just Strategy.

Our team

LeeAnn Hall

Executive Director

LeeAnn Hall has been a leader of social and racial justice movements for more than thirty-five years. She was a co-founder of People’s Action and is treasurer of the board of Race Forward. As Director for Idaho Community Action Network, she led the successful campaign to cover farmworkers by Idaho’s minimum wage laws for the first time. LeeAnn was the recipient of the prestigious Leadership for a Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation and the Prime Movers Award. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Libero Della Piana

Senior Strategist

Libero Della Piana has thirty years of experience as a writer, organizer, and educator for social movement organizations. He was the Communications Director at People’s Action and a Sr. Research Associate at Race Forward. Libero is a graduate of the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program and is on the board of the Grassroots Policy Project and the advisory council of IllumiNative. He lives in East Harlem, New York.

Fernando Mejia-Ledesma

Washington State Lead Organizer

Fernando Mejia-Ledesma has years of organizing experience with many labor, community, and immigrant rights organizations. Fernando moved to the U.S. from Mexico at sixteen years old. He went on to join the Fair Immigration Reform Movement’s Youth Council. He has served on the staff of OneAmerica, Washington Community Action Network, United We Dream Network, and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21.

Tysonia Carr

Finance & Administrative Director

TySonia Carr has over a decade experience building non-profit accounting and administrative systems, as well as with budgeting and financial reporting. TySonia supports the operations of Just Strategy its fiscally sponsored organizations and projects. Tysonia began working with Alliance for Just Society — Just Strategy’s 501(c)(3) sister organization — in 2010. Tysonia loves to travel, cook and spend time with her large family. She lives in Seattle, WA.

Akshai Singh

National Transit Justice Organizer

Akshai Singh (they/he) is based in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and joined AJS after primarily organizing with transit riders and transit workers in Ohio. Outside of organizing, they are a girls soccer coach, cyclist, and a board member of the InterReligious Task Force for Human Rights in Central America and Colombia.