Burt Lauderdale is the Executive Director of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. KFTC is a statewide, membership-based social justice organization that uses community organizing and grassroots leadership development to address a wide range of public policy issues. For over 28 years, KFTC members and chapters have organized winning campaigns around natural resources, water protection, fair housing, voting righs, tax policy, mine safety, and more. KFTC’s current campaigns include ending mountaintop removal, new energy policy, rural electric coop reform, comprehensive state tax reform, restoration of voting rights for former felons, and economic transition in Appalachia.
Lauderdale grew up in Alabama and is a graduate of Auburn University. He and is wife Jenny have two teenage sons. He lives and works in rural Laurel County, Kentucky and has worked for KFTC as a chapter organizer, staff coordinator, and executive director. Burt serves or has served on various national network and organization boards or steering committees related to community organizing and progressive change, including the Pushback Network, the Alliance For Appalachia, the Progressive Technology Project, Southern Organizing Cooperative, and the New World Foundation.