Alumni Stories

Martin Dickinson (C’71)

Vice President of Development, Environmental Law Institute

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Martin Dickinson

On Oct. 21, 1967, when Dickinson was a first-year student at Georgetown, he helped to organize and marshal the March on the Pentagon, which he calls “one of the biggest things [he’s] been a part of.” Dickinson also remembers other protests and pickets, powerful moments when disenfranchised individuals shared their life stories. Dickinson spent the first part of his career as a labor organizer and political representative for the Hospital Employees and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which grew into America’s largest labor union. He then began a career in nonprofit work.

Dickinson organized workers at the grassroots level in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., and became the assistant political director under John Sweeney at SEIU. He was a leader in the AFL-CIO political arm during the Mondale and Dukakis presidential campaigns. Dickinson participated in the 1988 Democratic Convention, where the keynote speaker was another Hoya, President Bill Clinton (F’68). In 1989, Dickinson entered the nonprofit sector and worked in development for the Children’s Defense Fund. He has worked in fundraising at the Alliance to Save Energy and, currently, at the Environmental Law Institute.

Additional Resources

Environmental Law Institute

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