Mark Toney

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Mark Toney, Board Chair of Africa Action.

"Mark was the Executive Director of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) in Oakland, California from 1999 to 2003. He initiated a major realignment of CTWO organizing, training and communication resources to focus on advancing racial justice through a unified campaign GROWL (Grass Roots Organizing for Welfare Liberation). From 1996-1999 Mark worked as Senior Research Associate for the Applied Research Center in Oakland, CA. Previously, Mark founded Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) in Providence, Rhode Island, working on such issues as benefits for home daycare providers, parent involvement in bilingual education, and preventing utility shut-offs in the winter for low-income families. He was the Executive Director/Chief Organizer at DARE from 1986-1994. From 1982 to 1985 Mark worked as the Lead Organizer with Workers Association for Guaranteed Employment, a welfare rights organization based in Providence. Mark is a Doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of California in Berkeley. He is a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and his leadership accomplishments have been featured in Mother Jones, and Brown Alumni Monthly.“ [1]

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