Skip Spitzer is Principal of Root Action Consulting.
A change maker on a wide range of social and environmental issues for more than 30 years, Skip has worked from the local to the global level. He has started co-ops, run electoral campaigns, founded a labor union, worked in war zones, coordinated international coalitions, and helped negotiate global environmental treaty texts.
Among many other organizations, Skip has worked with Agribusiness Accountability Initiative, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International, Women’s Campaign for Guatemala, Ecological Farming Association, California Indian Legal Services, Long Island Eastern Farm Workers Association, Pastors for Peace Cuba program, United Farm Workers, Genetic Engineering Action Network, and Resource Center for Nonviolence.
Skip is also a social change skills trainer, focusing on organizational development, campaign development, facilitation, consensus process, grassroots organizing, using non-violent direct action, and other topics. He has given workshops at Ruckus Society action camps, a wide range of movement conferences, and numerous national mobilizations. He has also authored a variety of activist skills articles and materials.
Skip trained as a Conflict Resolution Mediator at the Conflict Resolution Center in Aptos, CA.
Earning an M.A. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, he has taught at California universities and community colleges, and has authored many articles and other publications, including “A Systemic Approach to Occupational and Environmental Health” [PDF file], appearing in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.
For many years Skip worked as a software engineer for computer industry leaders such as Netscape Communications and Borland International. He developed databases for the Delta School for at-risk youth and the Central American Refugee Center. Skip has designed and developed high-end websites and Web applications, and online systems for a variety of organizations. He developed the Web-based Global Collective Action Tool for facilitating international collaboration.
Long interested in how positive change happens, Skip believes that effective and inclusive collective action is an essential factor in building a new world. He created Root Action Consulting to help people of conscience work together better.
Skip lives in Portland, Oregon, and likes to backpack, play guitar, build things, raise his son, and teach consensus process to his cats.