Culture + Rigor = Impact
Sojourn Strategies is an innovative social impact consulting firm that helps clients solve critical social and political justice issues through the creation and execution of culturally relevant and values-centered campaigns, research and projects.
WHAT WE DO
CAMPAIGN & POLITICAL STRATEGY
We advise and support clients to run advocacy, electoral, and civic engagement campaigns. With deep experience and networks with grassroots organizations and leaders across the country we are able to identify and work with dynamic coalitions to move winning campaigns.
PROJECT INCUBATION & MANAGEMENT
We move projects from the idea stage to implementation. We help clients design, build and execute innovative projects by conducting thoughtful landscape analyses and working with them to identify opportunities for growth and impact. We also help manage existing projects and teams to run effectively and maximize outcomes.
RESEARCH DESIGN & ANALYSIS
We design strategic political, policy, and message research. We work with clients and broad coalitions to develop and execute culturally relevant and grounded research to capture the diverse perspectives and voices found in our electorate and communities.
POLICY & POLITICAL EXPERTS
Our founder has more than fifteen years of experience working in political and movement spaces, as a researcher, advocate and professor. She has a particular expertise in elections, voting rights, democracy, congressional politics, and criminal justice reform. We welcome invitations to speak and facilitate public discussions at schools, universities, businesses, and other events.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Katrina L. Gamble is a political science professor turned social impact strategist. She is a campaign strategist that brings the rigor of an academician and the thoughtfulness of an organizer grounded in nearly a decade of community-centered work.
She’s helped clients win election modernization reforms in more than a half dozen states. Katrina also assisted in the development of the first ever national prosecutor accountability hub — bringing together leaders from across the country committed to transforming the U.S. criminal justice system— that laid the groundwork to elect a number of progressive prosecutors from Philadelphia to St. Louis.
Prior to founding Sojourn Strategies, Katrina was the Political Director for a national social justice organization where she supported more than a dozen state based organizations to turnout hundreds of thousands of voters. She also envisioned and launched the organization’s Voting Rights & Democracy Program that under her leadership won Rights Restoration in Maryland – restoring voting rights to nearly 40,000 formerly incarcerated individuals.
Before moving into the social advocacy space, Katrina was an assistant Political Science Professor at Brown University where she conducted research and taught classes on congressional politics, social movements, and race and ethnic politics in the United States. Her work can be found in top peer-reviewed journals and books.
She is a proud Smithie, earning her BA in Government from Smith College. She also holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from Emory University.
Program Manager, Research & Communications
Destiney is an experienced Digital Organizer that understands the impact of community centered initiatives that focus on empowering voters to take action on pressing socio-political issues. Her political career began in the community organizing space, where she worked with UnifiEd, a local non-profit, canvassing in the Chattanooga area to engage with community members. The organization’s mission of fighting for an increase in the public educational budget for student resources sparked a desire for more community engagement work.
Destiney then transitioned into Digital Organizing at Open Progress, an organization fighting for progressive change through powerful conversations. As an Organizer, she helped manage dozens of programs focused on candidate and issue-centered conversations with voters nation-wide through peer-to-peer texting. Additionally, she led the Volunteer Leadership Sector at Open Progress, building monthly cohorts that powered a large organizing effort during the 2020 election year.
Destiney earned her BA in Politics from Sewanee: The University of the South.
Program Manager, Campaigns & Advocacy
Colline is a skilled communicator, researcher and advocate. She has first-hand experience witnessing the power that comes from an active social sector in communities nationwide. Colline has spent her career in public service in various roles for the federal and local government as well as a national voting rights non-profit organization. She has traveled to 15+ states either to train local nonprofit organizations on how to properly conduct voter registration activities or conduct interviews with individuals applying for public benefits or a driver’s licenses with the intent to identify compliance with the National Voting Registration Act requirements of these state government agencies.
With a passion for democracy, Colline recently helped to reinvigorate the local League of Women Voters chapter in her current home town of Chattanooga, TN, serving as the Public Relations Director. As a member of the board, she organized several candidate debates, meet and greets, and voter registration drives during an important local election year. Within a year, the League of Women Voters of Chattanooga received it’s official chapter papers.
Colline holds a BA in Political Science from Elmira College and an MPA from Georgia Mason University.
BUILDING BLACK POLITICAL POWER AT THE INTERSECTION OF MOVEMENT AND ELECTORAL JUSTICE
Innovative report on the impact of Black social movement engagement on voting and other forms of civic participation.
THE POWER OF BUILDING A POLITICAL HOME: BLACK CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND MOVEMENT ORGANIZING
This report begins to unpack this dichotomy of Black political disillusionment and continued civic participation.
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EPISODE 381: KATRINA GAMBLE
Kelly chats with Katrina Gamble about voting access during COVID-19 and how the pandemic is exacerbating the terrible conditions in prisons and jails.
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