Alex Tindal Wiesendanger manages the Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC), a network of more than 300 organizations across Illinois including labor, faith, community organizing, education, healthcare, higher education, and human service groups that advocate for a responsible budget without cuts to vital programs and a fair tax system that supports it. Prior to joining the Shriver Center and the RBC, Alex was the National Organizing Director at Jobs to Move America from 2016-2017. From 2008-2016 Alex worked on the organizing staff of the Community Renewal Society, successfully leading various city-, county-, and state-level campaigns and eventually becoming the Director of Organizing. Prior to moving to Chicago, Alex spent two-and-a-half years as the Associate Director of the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing (now Tennesseans for Alternatives to Capital Punishment), where he led a grassroots movement that succeeded in passing Tennessee’s first anti-death penalty legislation of the modern era.
Alex received his bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and his Master’s in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago. Alex is a frequent speaker, preacher, and trainer at organizations and churches across the Chicago area. His first book on faith-based organizing, Confronting Pharaoh, will be published by Loyola Press in the Spring of 2018.