Hope Wood is the Organizing Training Manager with NOI and is passionately working to engage people of color in the progressive movement. Born and raised in Southern California, on the back of motorcycles, in Catholic mass, and on the dance floor, Hope has devoted the last 14 years of her life to community organizing. She began first as a teacher and then a dance arts educator. She found her political voice in the Obama campaign where she volunteered during the Primary election, and then was hired on as the California Battleground States Coordinator for the General Election. Hope is now using what she has learned as a mentee of Marshall Ganz to coach and train organizers and leaders to employ engagement organizing strategies and practices. She knows there are millions of people like her out there, from "a-political" families who are just waiting for the opportunity to change the world.