Bio



For almost 30 years Jim Britell, environmental activist and political organizer has helped local groups get organized and run effective campaigns. An effective public speaker he is well known for his ability to motivate audiences with practical advice gained from working with groups from all over the country. During his career as an activist he has had hands on experience with successfully opposing many dozens of timber sales and is well known for his ability to find and exploit weaknesses in agency plans and schemes, and to mount original and effective campaigns. He is also a political organizer who has also managed political campaigns for candidates at the state and federal level.

Jim took early retirement from the Social Security Administration, where he held staff and management positions in systems, management information and training, and career development, in New York, Baltimore, San Francisco and Washington. He has been a labor negotiator, a long-range planner, and has testified before Congress and written legislation and regulations.

As a grassroots environmental and political campaign organizer Jim has managed over a hundred successful campaigns in Oregon and New York staffed with volunteers. For ten years he managed an active local land-use monitoring group and has been a planning commissioner. His books contain the hard-won lessons from his campaigns and his research into the organizational details of past successful and unsuccessful local and national grassroots campaigns.