Nathan Ruggles
Professional Organizer & Issue Advocate

Dedicated, accomplished, and trusted organizer.

Brings over two decades of experience in communications, program management, and advocacy.

Committed to excellence. Passionate about the mission. Effective at building relationships.

Leverages a strong skill set and practical knowledge to ensure success.

Areas of Expertise
Communications & Media Relations
Member Outreach
Grassroots Community Organizing
Event Organizing
Website & Social Media Management
Survey Research
Civic Engagement
Issue Advocacy & Lobbying
Volunteer Coordinating
Coalition Building
Political Campaigns & Field Operations
Professional Experience
Audio Describer & Voice Over Actor, Freelance

Provides audio description services for blind and visually impaired patrons and customers along with organizations that welcome them, for live performances, video, and more.

Narration for documentaries, instructional videos, educational websites, and books.

2010 – presentOhio and Pittsburgh
Outreach Coordinator & Trainer, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Pittsburgh Chapter

Led outreach effort to organizations and communities for workforce development program.

Developed new recruitment data collection and tracking.

2018 – 2021Pittsburgh

Taught job training and readiness courses.

Developed curriculum for new pharmacy technician training program.

Host, Producer, & Director of Community Relations, TUE Media & The Union Edge, Labor’s Talk Radio

Conducted live on-air interviews with public officials, leaders, experts, and newsmakers

Managed booking for guests, growing the scope and number.

2017 – 2018Pittsburgh

Producer for original broadcast content on a host of issues.

Field Office Manager, Member Coordinator, Field Manager, Field Trainer, Working America

Hired, trained, and managed both paid staff and volunteer groups in field work.

Conducted large-scale voter registration and paid petition program.

2010 – 2016Pittsburgh
Peace & Nonviolence Program Coordinator/Director, Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center

Organized public dialogue program engaging important social and community issues.

Developed training for volunteer dialogue facilitators and taught workshops.

2013 – 2014Cincinnati

Initiated and planned World Peace Day art & music festival

Managed website and social media.

Community Organizer (Clean Water), ECO & the Sierra Club

Designed and led a new grassroots volunteer membership outreach program.

Organized public events and forums around community clean water concerns.


Designed materials for canvassing and community concern postcard collection.

Director of Market Research Operations, Focus/FGW

Promoted within 2 years up from Survey Coordinator and Market Research Manager.

Developed survey instruments; organized research projects for Fortune 500 companies.

2007 – 2009Cincinnati
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Conducted data analysis and presented research results.

Volunteer Experience
Program Committee, A/V Coordination, Battle of Homestead Foundation, Pittsburgh
2018 – present
Co-President, Communications, Mt.Oliver City/St.Clair Community Group, Pittsburgh
2018 – present
Hilltop Steering Committee, Brashear Association, Pittsburgh
2018 – 2022
District Committeeman, Allegheny County Democratic Committee, Pittsburgh
2018 – 2022
Unit President, United Steelworkers Local 1324-25, Pittsburgh
2018 – 2021
News & Talk Radio Program Co-Host, "Boiling Point", WAIF-FM, Cincinnati
2013 – 2015
State Executive Committee, Regional Coordinator, State Council Member, SPAN-Ohio
2007 – 2012
Steering Committee, Paddlefest, The Ohio River Way, Cincinnati
Technical Skills
Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Publisher, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneDrive, Office Online, Dropbox integration)Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Drive, Keep, Voice)Social Media Management (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TweetDeck, Meetup, Google Groups)Web Platforms (Wordpress, Drupal)|CRMs (Salesforce, VanillaSoft, MailChimp, Vertical Response)Creative Software (Adobe Creative Cloud including Illustrator, InDesign, Audition; Pixlr; Audacity, Ableton)Communication/Task/Organization Platforms: (Slack, Trello, Todoist, Discord, AppointmentsPlus)Campaign Databases: (NGP VAN/LAN, NationBuilder)Survey Research Platforms: (QuestionPro, SurveyMonkey)Additional (Quick Base ▪ Quickbooks ▪ Patreon ▪ Prezi ▪ MacOS, Windows, ChromeOS)
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, The University of Toledo
Graduate Studies, The University of Akron, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
Professional Development
Civic Leadership Academy, City Of Pittsburgh
Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certification, Breakthrough Performance Group
Trainer Training, Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety & Environmental Education
Instructor Training, Roots of Success Environmental Literacy Program
Nonviolent Communication Training, Meta Peace Team, Green Dot Curriculum
National Political Training, Sierra Club
Washington DC
Camp Wellstone, Campaigning, Organizing, & Candidate Tracks
Ohio and Michigan
Campaign School, Ohio Democratic Party
Community Dialogue Facilitator Training, Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center
Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training, National Issues Forums, Kent State University
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