Naomi Long has dedicated her career to working for social justice organizations that focus on building power with marginalized communities. She most recently served as a Senior Principal at Wellstone Action where her responsibilities are to develop the vision and strategy for their southeast regional work, support partnerships around ending sexual violence, supporting reproductive justice, expanding abortion access, and lead the grassroots organizing team for Camp Wellstone, their premier public organizer and candidate training program.
Her career began when she was hired as a community organizer by the Gamaliel Foundation for the Racine Interfaith Coalition in Wisconsin. In many regards, it was a baptism by fire, where she learned quickly how complex it can be to organize winning direct action campaigns on issues such as the DREAM Act, alternatives to incarceration, and public education funding reform. Racine is also where she discovered her passion for working on the intersection of mass incarceration, racism, and class.
Naomi shifted her energy to understanding public policy work and began her advocacy career as campaign coordinator for the D.C.-based Justice Policy Institute. There, she helped lead a campaign to win landmark legislation in Maryland for treatment (instead of incarceration) for drug offenders. Naomi moved on to become the Field Organizer with the Drug Policy Alliance, where she was charged with mobilizing drug policy reform activists in key congressional districts. She was promoted to Director of the D.C. Metro office, a position she held for five years. During her tenure, she successfully helped organize the D.C. Recovery Community Alliance, a peer-led community organization focused on outreach and advocacy around drug policy issues in the District. She also served as National Coordinator for the Campaign to End AIDS, a diverse grassroots coalition of people living with HIV and AIDS and their allies.
Beginning in 2010, Naomi decided to bridge her passions for community organizing and leadership development with her sense of humor by becoming an independent consultant. She began En C. Elle Consulting, and has facilitated over one hundred trainings and strategy meetings. Naomi's client list includes several local and national organizations, such as Appalachia Alliance, Center for Progressive Leadership, Community Law in Action, D.C. Jail Advocacy Project, Drug Policy Alliance, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Project Pericles, Training for Change, and YWCA of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her goal is to help progressive organizations build power by facilitating thoughtful leadership development and creating exciting workshop designs.
Naomi holds a B.A. in political science and urban studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. In her spare time she works as a training associate for Training for Change where she can follow her calling to support the leadership development of trainers and organizers of color. She lives in Houston, TX and is the seventh of eight children. As the proud owner of her family’s 9-acre farm in rural central Texas she hopes to one day conquer her fear of snakes.