The Community Organizer of the Year Award is presented to an individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding values and achieved measurable results through their organizational efforts. This award stresses achievement tied directly to organizational capability. Community organizers think strategically about their work while always keeping the final goal in mind and continually making contributions to their goal. This is especially important in community organizing campaigns to enact or change policies.
Elce Redmond is a "community organizer" and lifelong resident of Chicago. Elce has worked with community groups throughout the city on issues such as housing, heat assistance, healthcare, and human rights for more than 20 years. He has conducted leadership development and political development and political education projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ireland, Argentina, East Timor, and Cote D’Ivoire. Elce has travelled to Bagdad with the Christian Peacemaker Team to advocate and organize on behalf of detainees in Iraq.
Currently, Elce works as the Housing Organizer for Northside Action 4 Justice, organizing low-to-moderate income residents against displacement and evictions. In addition, Elce has worked with the South Austin Coalition to end to discrimination of African-Americans and exploitation of workers based on their immigrant status in the day labor industry. Most recently, Elce worked alongside LCBH staff attorney Victoria Ogunsanya and the Kirkland & Ellis Team on the Rosemoor case.