Center for Popular Democracy


The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens the collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.

CPD is a high-impact national organization that builds organizing power to transform the local and state policy landscape through deep, long-term partnerships with leading community-based organizing groups nationwide.

Collectively, the CPD staff brings decades of experience to bear, merging technical and legal expertise with deep organizing experience to support the center's partners in winning, sustaining, expanding and replicating victories across the country. CPD not only helps partners win organizing campaigns and further innovative policy agendas, but also supports them to build strong organizational infrastructure and political muscle.

CPD generates momentum from the local level up to ensure that the values of equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy become national priorities. CPD's work is not simply about making policy change. It is about working with communities to understand the root causes of the challenges we confront, building consensus around transformative solutions, and working in sustained partnership to accomplish shared goals. The center aims to do its work in a way that builds trust, enhances collective capacity, and ultimately broadens and strengthens the progressive movement.

Established in 2012, the Center for Popular Democracy merged with the Leadership Center for the Common Good on January 1, 2014 to create a newly powerful Center for Popular Democracy. The organizations' sister 501c4 organizations, Action for the Common Good and Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund also merged to create a new strongerAction for the Common Good.