Launching Alvarez Porter Group

March 21, 2010 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Filed Under Choices, Previous · 3 Comments

Welcome to! We may just be appearing on your screen, but many of you have been working with one or both of us for years.  Allison has been an independent consultant for ten years and Joe has been working supporting organizational change for over fifteen years, at the AFL-CIO and since 2006 through his own consultant firm.

We have known each other a long time.  Allison’s husband Michael worked with Joe and his wife Sally organizing textile workers in North Carolina back in the mid-80s.  Joe and Allison both worked at the AFL-CIO in the early years of the Sweeney administration, and it was there that we worked together on training organizers in Puerto Rico.  It wasn’t until last summer that we began this latest collaboration in earnest.

We are excited to create a group practice in no small part because it is more fun than working alone.  We also believe we will do better work and have a bigger impact on the issues we care about.    We look forward to building a community of practice both through expanding the Alvarez Porter Group to include consultants with a range of experience and skills AND by providing platforms – like this website and blog – that will create space for sharing ideas and making connections more broadly.

The original idea to start a consultant firm dedicated to working with unions and non-profit organizations and leaders came from our mutual friend and graduate school classmate Merrilee Milstein.  Before she died from cancer in 2008, Merrilee was a peerless practitioner and a guiding light for those of us who aspire to bring social science lessons and movement sensibility together in service to leaders and organizations promoting social change. Friends of Merrilee have set up a scholarship fund to support people who want to pursue a degree in Organization Development to work with unions.

Welcome to our website, don’t be a stranger!


3 Responses to “Launching Alvarez Porter Group”

  1. Gardiner Porter on April 19th, 2010 1:21 pm

    Congratulations, Al, on your new website! It looks great!

  2. Louise Porter on April 19th, 2010 5:18 pm

    Such a wonderful website describing your company. I also enjoyed your blog on snowstorms and expectations. Good luck!

  3. Dan Willett on May 19th, 2010 6:47 pm

    Best wishes on this new form that your work is taking. I look forward to learning more about it.

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