What is one thing about your work that most people don't know?
When I tell people I'm a community organizer, they most often think of Barack Obama. Most people don't really understand what it means to effect change, how you do it, what's at stake. It's a career you don't grow up conceptualizing, like being a firefighter or banker or mayor or taxi driver.
What makes you most proud of the work you do?
I really do feel like I'm making a difference. I can see concrete things that are now different in this city because we organized ordinary people to make them happen.