Our Mission + Vision
The Harry Potter Alliance turns fans into heroes. We use the power of story and popular culture to make activism accessible and sustainable. Through experiential training and real life campaigns, we develop compassionate, skillful leaders who learn to approach our world’s problems with joy, creativity, and commitment to equity.
We envision a world without regional, demographic, or financial barriers to leadership opportunities, and where activism is sustainable because it is approached with joy and bolstered by community support.
- We believe in joyful activism.
- We celebrate the power of community.
- We believe that heroes aren’t born; they develop with practice and support.
- We believe in magic.
- We believe that the weapon we have is love.
- Establishment of a world-class chapters program that spans six continents and 35 countries.
- Creation of Granger Leadership Academy, the world’s first and only retreat for fan activists.
- Impactful partnerships with a diverse array of nonprofit leaders, including the American Library Association, ACLU, and She’s the First.
- Creation of several new libraries in underserved communities across the world.
- A partnership with Walk Free that engaged over 400,000 fans and resulted in Warner Bros. changing the sourcing of their Harry Potter chocolate to be 100% UTZ or Fairtrade.
- Donations of over 400,000 books across the world through our annual Accio Books campaign.
- And much more!
We will fight for equality and stand in solidarity as LGBTQIA+ people and allies.
We will practice intersectional, trans-inclusive feminism and fight for inclusive gender equity on all fronts.
We will continue working to expand the political and social capital of young people, through our campaigns and our leadership development programs.
We will fight white supremacy by working to dismantle racist institutional practices and social behaviors.
Education & Libraries
We will work to make truthful education accessible to all and advocate for public libraries.
We will continue to support real net neutrality, work actively to increase the media literacy of our membership, and support free press and fact-based journalism.
Climate change is real and impacts are intersectional. We will support refugees, impoverished communities, and others whose lives are jeopardized by its adverse effects.
Amber J. Ducharme| Finance Directoramber@thehpalliance.org | Twitter
Amber oversees the HPA's Finance and Human Resources Departments. She works to develop the annual budget and long-term financial strategy with the Executive Director & Board of Directors, prepares projections & reports, and works with an independent auditor to prepare the HPA's annual financial review and tax return. She is also responsible for payroll & benefits oversight, and much more behind-the-scenes work! Amber has nearly 10 years of experience in nonprofit accounting and holds a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Accounting.
Katie Bowers| Managing Directorkatie@thehpalliance.org | Twitter
Katie joined the HPA as a volunteer in 2013 before coming on full time as the Campaigns Director in 2015. An avid reader with a desire to do good, Katie has been integrating her love of pop culture and social justice through youth organizing initiatives since 2005. A graduate of Cornell University and Hunter College's Silberman School of Social Work, Katie is a proud macro social worker and devoted Ravenclaw. Katie enjoys travel, board games, sporadic Twittering, and pretending to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer during kickboxing class.
Acacia Ludwig| Creative Directoracacia@thehpalliance.org
Growing up in a family of artists and surrounded by the vibrant world of Chinatown, New York, Acacia Ludwig strives to embody a deep and sincere love for artistic expression, good storytelling, and social justice for all people. While she has had stints in acting and modeling, Acacia’s most dedicated work is in music and design. As a musician, Acacia has had the honor to collaborate with some of the world’s greatest rock musicians while living in LA, NYC, and her current home of Woodstock, New York.
Janae Phillips| Director of Leadership & Educationjanae@thehpalliance.org | Twitter
Janae oversees the HPA's international chapters program, the Granger Leadership Academy, and Fandom Forward. She directs the HPA's curricular design and program standards, ensuring each experience is truly magical. Over her ten years as a program designer and community organizer she has worked with a broad range of leadership and youth programs (including being an HPA Chapter Organizer herself!). She holds a B.S.