Lee G. Farrow

Biography

Lee is currently a Community Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Stonehill College. Appointed in 2011, she has taught a number of classes, including Leadership, Women and Community Organizing; Community Grassroots, with a focus on historical and modern day labor / social movements; Community Organizing: Micro to Macro. She has also organized the Annual Women’s Leadership Summit at Stonehill for the benefit of students, community leaders, professors and nonprofit organizations. As well, Lee Co-Directs Brockton’s Champions United Clemente College Courses in the Humanities, where she also teaches adult learners a class entitled; Moral Philosophy: Historical and Current Foundations for Morality in Today’s Society. Lee also co-teaches a rotational workshop series to neighborhood leaders for Mothers for Justice and Equality organization, a Boston based non-profit group whose mission is to “end neighborhood violence, by empowering survivors of violence to become effective change agents in their community and in their home”.

Lee is in the Pastor’s Scholar Program at Boston University’s Graduate School of Theology. There she is concentrating on the linkages between community building/social justice work, and the principles/values of forgiveness/restorative justice/spirituality, as it relates to incarceration and community re-entry. Her study in this field supports a developing prison project, Do-Right Ministries: a social mission, which features long term prisoner’s mixed media art and its intersection with forgiveness, redemption, and lessons of renewal. Lee is the Founder and Managing Director of Organizing for Survival, a nonprofit organization, that supports organizational and leadership development activities, both in start-up organizations, and among community-led social justice /movement building groups.

Lee has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations, both in Massachusetts and New York City. She recently completed a one year appointment as Embedded Evaluator at Boston Rising, an anti-poverty fund, in Boston, MA. Her work focused on capturing, documenting and analyzing the work of the organization, the community it served and grantees who received funding from Boston Rising.

Prior to that work, Lee completed a three year assignment as Chief Operating Officer at My Sister’s Keeper, a Massachusetts-based, international focused project, which promotes leadership and peace building training / healing throughout Sudan among culturally diverse women. She worked both inside Sudan and in the US.

During her time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Lee co-designed and led the Boston Community Learning Project, a community-led self-assessment of Boston neighborhoods forty year community change work. She was also the Mel King Community Fellow at MIT.

Before moving to Massachusetts in 2004, Lee led The Harlem Children’s Zone’s community organizing and civic engagement work for more that eleven years. She also led a tenant organizing and affordable housing cooperative movement for ten years at Urban Homesteading Assistance Board in NYC.

Lee is a board member of The Edward L. Cooper Community Garden and Education Center in Roxbury, MA and The Center for Church and Prison in Boston. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development from New Hampshire College.