Ethan Frey is a Program Manager for the Ford Foundation’s new effort to build people power in states. During his five years at the Foundation, he has worked on a large-scale three-year voter engagement project in the Southwest, a restructuring of the Foundation’s core programming on organizing and voting rights, and a new effort to expand and deepen the Foundation’s grant making at the state level.
Previously, he organized in Pennsylvania and Ohio during the 2008 and 2012 general elections. In between, Ethan worked to unionize low-wage workers in Miami, Florida, as an organizer for the international trade union UNITE HERE which represents food service, hotel, and gaming employees, and at Project Renewal, a nonprofit social service provider, where he worked to protect public benefits for low-income New Yorkers as a non-attorney civil-legal advocate. Ethan is a 2010 graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, James.