About

My name is Dennis Osorio. One of my long-term personal and professional goals is to make a difference in everyday people’s lives. This has mostly taken the form of working in the nonprofit sector, sometimes in direct service and other times in grassroots organizing. One theme and assumption that underlies many of my activities is a belief in education as a tool for empowerment.

Below is a timeline of my professional highlights beginning with the latest year on top.

2016

Created a new small business website for AM-TECH.

2015

Re-designed AM-TECH’s logo and a series of product labels.

Began getting involved with Community Voices Heard, primarily as a member-leader, but occasionally for short-term database projects.

Created Building Websites for the People!, a tutorial-based website.

Started providing computer maintenance and support for African Communities Together‘s small office network.

2014

Created a new organizational website for the Salty Flyrodders of New York. There was a separate, related website where members could engage in social networking, thanks to WordPress with BuddyPress.

Created Spreadsheets for the People!, a tutorial-based website.

2013

Provided research support for the report “Broken Bootstraps: Falling Behind on Full-Time Work for Alliance for a Just Society.”

Built the campaign website, Reset Seattle for Washington CAN! on behalf of a coalition of organizations.

2012

The living wage report, “2011 Job Gap Report: Search for Work that Pays” I co-authored for the Alliance for a Just Society was released.

I created a small business website for MG Inkworks in New York.

2011

Report author for “Guide to Money in Politics: Research Tools for Issue Campaigns” for the Alliance for a Just Society.

In June I stepped down from Alliance for a Just Society to pursue freelance research and website building.

I created a small business website for Matthew Graham Photography located in New York.

2010

Co-authored the living wage report, “Searching for Work that Pays: 2010 Job Gap Study” for the Alliance for a Just Society.

Report author for “Rules of the Road: Regulating Insurance Companies is a Critical Component of Health Reform” for the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society).

I continued to contribute data-based research and analysis used in materials released by Health Care for America Now! (HCAN) including:

I redesigned and rebuilt the organizational website for Washington CAN!.

2009

I conducted data-based research and analysis used in the following reports released by DC-based Health Care for America Now! (HCAN):

Co-authored the living wage report “2009 Job Gap: Searching for Work that Pays“Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society).

2008

From February until the organization closed its doors in September, I served as Office Manager for 1000 Friends of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

In March I built the organizational website for Messiah Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM.

In June I built a password-protected file-sharing website HCAN Materials for Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society)

In July I redesigned and rebuilt the organizational website for Idaho Community Action Network.

In September I built the campaign website Great Streets ABQ for Albuquerque Alliance for Active Living

In September I returned to Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society) as a Research Associate.

I built the organizational website for Main Street Alliance a project of Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society).

I co-authored the living wage report, “The 2008 Job Gap: Tough Times for Northwest Families.”

2007

In July, I left the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society) in Seattle, WA to relocate to Albuquerque, NM.

From Albuquerque, I continued to do some freelance work with the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society) in research and webmaster capacities.

For example, I co-authored the following two living wage reports:

Provided turnout and logistical support for the Heartland Presidential Forum in Des Moines, IA organized by the Center for Community Change.

Built the campaign website, Welcoming Idaho, for Idaho Community Action Network on behalf of a coalition of organizations and churches.

2006

Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society) in Seattle, WA promoted me to Communications, Technology and Research Associate.

I set up small office networks in:

I built and maintained the following websites during this period:

I co-authored two series of living wage publications:

Job Gap: Searching for Work that Pays

Job Gap: Living Wage Jobs in the Current Economy

Investigated and compared the use of various free open-source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for producing maps and conducting geographic analyses.

Provided technical assistance with voter registration and turnout of Native American voters with Indian People’s Action in Montana.

2003

I joined the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society) in Seattle, WA as the Office Manager.

As Office Manager, I was responsible for the office’s administrative and financial systems. I learned about small office networks and how to make websites. I handled travel and event logistics for various functions and conferences. I stayed in this position until being promoted in 2006.

2002

After ten years of starts and stops and much toil and debt, I finally received my B.A. in Geography from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. My concentration was in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

1999

I taught a class combining ESL, US History, and civics to prepare refugee seniors in Kirkland, WA to take citizenship exams and improve their English-language skills. This was part-time employment with the Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. I stayed through much of 2000.

1998

In September, I completed my year of service with Literacy*AmeriCorps and re-started my college career by taking Geography classes at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

In November, I was invited to return to the Literacy Action Center (now Literacy Source) to work part-time as an Advisor/Assessor with the National External Diploma Program. I remained in this position until 2007, when I relocated to Albuquerque, NM.

1997

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Assistant with Literacy*AmeriCorps at the Literacy Action Center (now Literacy Source) in Seattle, WA.

During this year-long position, I coordinated volunteer-led English conversation “Talk Time” classes for adult ESL students; matched one-on-one volunteer tutors with beginning-level students; recruited volunteers and students from neighborhood businesses and organizations; and managed and advised ESL students and volunteers.