The National Democratic Training Committee will host live trainings in all 50 states to ensure the tools and resources for success are in the hands of Democrats across the country.
To do this, we’ve brought together expert trainers with a wealth of campaign knowledge to facilitate our trainings across the country. Our Trainer Spotlight blog series showcases our wonderful trainers and how they became part of our team!
Today, we would like to introduce you to Micah Morris.
Micah on Micah
How/when did you get your start in campaigns/politics?
As a volunteer! I thought I wanted to be a social worker, and right after college worked at a sexual assault/domestic violence crisis center serving rural Virginia. One of my volunteers was a member of the local Democratic committee, and after I went to my first phone bank for a Governor’s race someone told me I could make a career out of organizing on campaigns. The rest is history.
What is your current full-time position and what do you love most about it?
After 3 years with Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund in DC, I went on the campaign trail across the country. I found myself in Richmond, Virginia last year as the Finance Director for the Virginia Senate Democrats, and most recently joined a nonprofit software company called EveryAction (the sister company to NGP VAN). My ultimate goal is to help create a tangible difference in people’s lives, so I love helping all of the new grassroots organizations have the tools they need to raise money and mobilize their supporters effectively to secure big wins.
Of all the impressive things you’ve accomplished in your career, what are you most proud of?
I’m incredibly proud of all of the people – young, old, black, white, rich, poor – who took a chance on getting involved in a campaign when I asked, and have since grown and stayed in the fight. Nothing is more magical than watching a team of strangers become family and leaders in their community through organizing. That is always what I cling to when I need a shot of hope.
Micah on Training
What is your favorite part about training with NDTC?
I love training because it creates an atmosphere where people can have deep insight, be surprised, and try something new that makes them nervous. It’s a safe space to discuss ideas, but also a place where people can walk away feeling like something that used to be vague and overwhelming is now de-mystified and doable, which is very empowering. I love NDTC training because many of our folks running are so inspirational!
What’s one state you’d love to train in and why?
Alabama, hands down. In 2014 when I was organizing there, I met so many incredible people who care so deeply about their community – they just need the tools and resources to win. Doug Jones showed the world it’s possible, but I always knew it could be done!
Micah’s Tips for Candidates
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone thinking about running for office for the first time?
If you can’t tell a clear, concise, and (most importantly) bravely vulnerable story about why you, why now, and why the office you’re running for – don’t run. Instead, think about people in your community who put in the work and never get recognized – maybe they are the right candidate, it’s just that no one has ever asked them.
How do you practice self care?
I box! Nothing is better than walking away from a staring at a computer screen and hitting the bag. I also love food in all its forms, yoga, camping, lying on the floor with my dog, and baking.
- Coffee or tea? Both! Coffee in the AM, tea in the afternoon
- Favorite TV show that’s currently on? I’m really bad at being up to speed on shows, but I did start watching “This Is Us” and love it!
- Twitter or Instagram? Neither 🙂
- What are you currently reading? The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis – part cookbook, part memoir of a chef’s life growing up in one of the first communities of freed slaves in Virginia, all delicious and amazing.
- If you weren’t working in politics, what would you be doing? Fitness instructor
- Biggest pet peeve? People who don’t say please and thank you! Maybe it’s the Southerner in me, but that drives me up a wall.
- What is the theme song for your life? Show Me Love – Hundred Waters
Learn from Micah at a Live Training Near You
Come join Micah Morris and some of our other amazing trainers at one of our upcoming trainings.