Founded in 2012, Local Progress is a movement of local elected officials advancing a racial and economic justice agenda through all levels of local government. We are elected leaders who build power with underrepresented communities, share bold ideas and policy among our network, and fight to reshape what is possible in our localities all across the country.
All across the country, local governments are advancing the most innovative policy solutions to our largest problems, and creating new models of governance that work for the many, not just the wealthy and well-connected few. Our network supports and connects these efforts, catalyzing and accelerating policy change at the local level while creating opportunities for collaboration across our cities. By working together, our members are winning change across local governments and impacting policy and governance outcomes at the state and national level.
The guiding principle behind Local Progress is that building political power and winning progressive victories requires “outside” organizing from strong community advocates and “inside” negotiation by elected officials committed to the movement, with tight coordination between the two. Local Progress is building the capacity of “inside” elected official actors, while working in deep partnership with community-based organizations, progressive unions, movement organizations, and policy advocates to strengthen connections and shared strategy.
Local Progress is a project of the Center for Popular Democracy, which is responsible for day-to-day operations, policy coordination, and membership engagement.