Adam Barr is an excellent example of someone who has done great work while pushing his own limits. Adam is president and co-founder of Grassroots Education Project, one of two organizations he has established since 2007. The Grassroots Education Project empowers communities to serve their local schools by putting residents to work on the most pressing school needs. The organization logged more than 16,500 volunteer hours in its first three years at Tubman Elementary. Adam’s other organization, DC for Obama, was a grassroots political organizing group that grew to 21,000 members during the 2008 election. Both organizations have been successful, but both have required substantial community investment.
Adam grew up in Los Angeles but moved to D.C. soon after college. He began working at the Institute for Responsible Citizenship and then moved to several campaigns, Deloitte Consulting, GreatSchools and, most recently, Democracy Builders. I interviewed Adam about community organizing, Grassroots Education Project and its struggles, and his dad. Check out more below.