Executive Director

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

    Burt Lauderdale is the Executive Director of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.  He and his wife Jenny live in rural Eastern Kentucky, on the western edge of the Appalachian coalfields, where they have raised two sons.  Burt grew up in Alabama and is a graduate of Auburn University and in 2011 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Berea College.

    KFTC, a statewide, membership-based, social justice organization, describes itself as a community of people, inspired by a vision, building New Power.  With 12,000 members and fourteen rural and urban chapters across the state, they utilize community organizing, grassroots leadership development, strategic communications, and integrated voter engagement to address a wide range of public policy issues.

    For over 36 years, KFTC members and chapters have organized winning campaigns around environmental and economic justice, just transition, water protection, fair housing, voting rights, tax and budget, policy, minimum wage, mine safety, and more.

    Burt serves or has served on various national network and organization boards or steering committees related to community organizing and progressive change, including the Just Transition Fund, Gettysburg Project, Pushback Network, the Climate Organizing Lab, the Alliance For Appalachia, the Progressive Technology Project, Southern Organizing Cooperative, and the New World Foundation.