“We just can’t work with them anymore. Their political views are repugnant, even if they were with us before…” “…But they’ve been an ally on our issue. We can’t afford to lose them. We should just look past the areas where we disagree…” I hear this exchange play out again and again, and never more […]
About Mike Wang
Mike Wang is a Partner at Building Impact. Prior to joining, Mike founded Leveraged Impact, a mission-driven consulting practice working with philanthropists to deepen their impact. Mike has worked in leading nonprofits and public policy for twenty years, most recently as executive director of a Philadelphia-based advocacy organization and managing director of a $100 million effort to expand high-performing schools in the city. Mike was senior vice president at Teach For America and executive director of the organization’s Mid-Atlantic region. After graduating from Tufts, Mike taught high school in Louisiana where he also served as education policy adviser to the governor and policy director to the Lt. Governor. Mike volunteers on two nonprofit boards and lives in Philadelphia with his wife and three children.
A few nights ago at dinner, my daughter asked, “What’s a train wreck?” My wife and I had used the expression earlier that day while describing our relief that 2020 was coming to a close. When I explained the meaning of the phrase, she thought for a moment and said, “But it’s not all bad, […]
Every few months, I get a call from a philanthropist that goes something like this. “Hey Mike, we know you specialize in policy and advocacy strategy. Could you write a strategic plan for our foundation?” My response is always the same: Before we can work together on strategy, we need to understand your landscape in […]
Forward-thinking philanthropists aren’t the kind of people to set up a scholarship fund and call it a day. The funders that we work with are interested in driving lasting progress by changing systems, and that often means changing policy. Right now, we are heading into what may be the most open window for major policy […]