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Institute for Local Self-Reliance Welcomes New Director of Strategy and Development

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2013 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

WASHINGTON, DC (March 11, 2013) – The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is pleased to announce that Nicola M. Chin (nee Wells) has joined the organization as its new Director of Strategy and Development. Chin will oversee ILSR’s fundraising and strategic planning.

“We are delighted to bring Nicola on board,” said ILSR President Neil Seldman.  “With her skills and experience in organizational development, we see an exciting future and new opportunities for ILSR to advance its mission as we approach our 40th anniversary.”

Before joining ILSR, Chin served as the Director for the Maine League of Young Voters, working with the state’s diverse young citizens to build power for local and state organizing campaigns and increase voter engagement. During her tenure, Chin rebuilt and expanded the fundraising, leadership development, and organizing capacity of the organization.  She also strengthened its board and media impact.

Previously, Chin served as the Regional Field Director for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, a project of the Center for Community Change (CCC). She worked with advocates, local businesses, and immigrant leaders to develop local, state, and federal organizing campaigns for immigration reform. Chin also co-founded the CCC’s Cell Phone Action Network, one of the country’s largest cell phone advocacy systems, which played a critical role in mobilizing immigrant rights supporters in 2009.

In addition to her work with ILSR, Chin serves as a trustee of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and a director of the Treehouse Institute.

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