Oona Chatterjee
Director of Organizing & Capacity Building


  • Community involvement
  • Engagement
  • Juvenile justice
  • Parent involvement
  • Risky behavior

Oona Chatterjee joined The Center for Popular Democracy after serving for two years as the associate director of New York City Organizing at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. In that role, she worked with AISR’s New York City team and partner organizations throughout the city to support parent and student organizing efforts to advance school reform. Prior to joining AISR, Chatterjee served for 15 years as co-executive director of Make the Road New York, an organization, which she co-founded, that is one of the most respected and effective organizing groups in the country. Make the Road New York is a core partner of CPD. Chatterjee’s work at MRNY included participating in the design, creation and ongoing support of two small public schools, building vital student and parent organizing programs within the organization, and playing an important role in the founding of citywide and national youth organizing coalitions to advance school reform.  She is a long-time board member of the North Star Fund, a progressive NYC-based foundation.