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Prentiss Haney

Former Co-ED
Ohio Organizing Collaborative

Prentiss Haney is the Co-Executive Director of the OOC. He is a veteran community organizer and strategist whose work has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and MSNBC. In 2019, Prentiss stepped into leadership at the OOC after previously serving as the Executive Director of the Ohio Student Association. Prentiss started organizing with Organizing for America, registering students and building campus teams across the state. He then joined the Ohio Student Association to continue building student power, serving in various capacities from training coordinator to regional team lead, communication director and more. Prentiss has trained thousands of leaders in grassroots organizing, leading racial justice, criminal justice and higher education campaigns across the state. In 2017, he co-founded the Midwest Culture Lab as an urgent political intervention needed to center and support young artists of color as trusted communicators, organizers and cultural strategists with the intent of increasing youth civic participation during elections. He is a 2018 graduate of Rockwood Leadership Institute and 2019 Transforming Justice Fellow with the Ohio Transformation Fund. Prentiss has earned his B.A. in urban affairs at Wright State University. He currently lives in Cincinnati.

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Lessons from Values Cluster Research: Understanding & Engaging Voters in Ohio
Leaders from the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and HIT Strategies share the findings from their summer values cluster work with Black voters in Ohio. They outline how they engaged two of those clusters in their organizing work and explored lessons from that work for various communities in 2024 and beyond!
Power in Practice
On this panel from the 2023 Annual DPI Convening, leading practitioners and funders discussed what they have learned from the work that base-building organizing groups undertake to build the power they need to achieve policy, electoral, and ideological impact.
Lessons in Art Activism - DPI Digest
This newsletter summarizes the findings and recommendations from the Art & Activism case studies in Ohio, Michigan, and Mississippi.
Art & Activism: A Three-State Case Study
This research focuses on the innovative cultural organizing these groups are doing in partnership with artists and activists and examines how arts and culture move narratives within communities of color.
How Art and Culture Move Political Narratives
This breakout session from the 2021 DPI Annual Convening helped participants understand how culture creates and moves civic engagement narratives. Past findings were included, and new research on these organizing strategies was discussed.
Past Speaking Events
Oct 4, 2023
Power in Practice

For over three years the DPI Organizing Lab has studied the work that base-building organizing groups undertake to build the power they need to achieve policy, electoral, and ideological impact. On this panel, leading practitioners and funders discussed what we have learned so far and what it will take to shift our sector to a clearer focus on building power.

Oct 21, 2021
Concurrent Sessions
SESSION 2A - How Art and Culture Move Political Narratives

MODERATOR: Prentiss Haney (Co-Executive Director, Ohio Organizing Collaborative) SPEAKERS: Ray Block (Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University), Arekia Bennett (Executive Director, Mississippi Votes), Marshall Shorts

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