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Education Association President Successfully Incorporates Relational Organizing Practices to Engage Members and Win Campaigns

Jonathan Knapp is the outgoing president of both Seattle Education Association (SEA) and the Sound Alliance board in the Spring of 2016. During his six-year tenure at the SEA Jonathan learned from Sound Alliance and then implemented relational organizing practices to successfully engage members and win campaigns.

Jonathan Knapp is the outgoing president of both Seattle Education Association (SEA) and the Sound Alliance board in the Spring of 2016.

During his six-year tenure at the SEA Jonathan learned from Sound Alliance and then implemented relational organizing practices to successfully engage members and win campaigns.

For example, as part of the SEA’s peer leader identification strategy, Association governance officers and staff visited nearly every building in the district and asked educators "who are the trusted and respected leaders in this building?" Every time a building-level leader was mentioned, a dot was put next to his or her name.  Lots of dots meant high peer recognition.  Jonathan along with other SEA leaders then formed relationships with as many of these leaders as possible through 1-1 meetings.  This relationship-building was a key practice that made the Association powerful and united through a successful 2015 strike.