We are fighting for a rural America that is empowered. thriving. equitable.

RuralOrganizing.org is committed to pursuing creativity, equity, and justice at all organizational levels and throughout all programs. We strive for proactive communication, reconciliation, and mutual respect. And we always see the humanity in others.


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In small towns and rural communities across the country, authentic relationships are the foundation for community change. Tip O'Neill famously said, “All politics is local,” but we’ve found that rural politics are also personal. We believe that communities, causes, and candidates must leverage these relationships in order to organize and mobilize rural communities toward enduring and sustainable change. With smart communications and strategic distributive organizing, we will empower rural progressives and develop, pass, and implement policy platforms needed to rebuild small towns across America.

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Our Board

Anthony J. Wenndt Board
Board treasurer of RuralOrganizing.org
Nick Levendofsky Board
Board chair of RuralOganizing.org
Kate Albright-Hanna Board
Vice Chair Board Chair
Ruby ElBasha Board
RuralOrganizing.org board member

Our Staff

Matt Hildreth

Executive Director

Matt grew up on a small farm in eastern South Dakota and is a graduate of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota where he studied Philosophy and Communications. He earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Iowa and holds an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard University’s Leadership, Organizing and Action program.