Groundswell Co-Coordinator Alisa Del Tufo has changed the debate on family violence and other deep social challenges by shifting attention and resources to root causes. She is committed to the development of community engagement strategies, prevention and participant driven solutions to community needs. Founding Threshold in 2008, with a mission to build a more caring, just and engaged society, Threshold distinguishes itself through our focus on deep human connections that are developed and nurtured through the use of narrative and participant driven strategies. Our work amplifies the voice and ideas of community members, building pathways that create indigenous and sustainable change. Using narrative, opinion gathering and civic engagement, Threshold seeks to enhance empathy and action, helping to make individuals and communities more peaceful, strong and healthy.
After founding Sanctuary for Families in 1983, she began using narrative and constituent focused, social change strategies in 1991. Del Tufo founded CONNECT (1993) to end family and gender violence by transforming the beliefs that fuel abusive behavior, and empowering those closest to the problem to come together to find solutions. CONNECT encourages the development of positive community and individual narratives to break the cycle of violence. She has continued to refine and develop community engagement and narrative approaches to serious social challenges through Threshold Collaborative, which addresses issues as diverse as school failure, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, food sustainability, economic disparity and child abuse.
Alisa has a BA from Colgate University and an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary. She is the author of several books and the recipient of numerous awards including a Revson Fellowship for the Future of NY and a Rockefeller Fellowship at Columbia University. She is the recipient of Union Theological Seminary’s prestigious Distinguished Alumna Award and in 2008, Colgate University’s Humanitarian Award. In 2007 she was elected, for a lifetime, into the Ashoka Fellowship, a global network of leading social entrepreneurs.