Kaleo Center Staff
(listed alphabetically by first name)
Liz Loeb, Associate Director
Liz Loeb is a civil rights attorney and community organizer with twenty years of experience working in political and social movements towards justice. A graduate of Brown University, Liz holds a law degree from NYU School of Law and a Ph.D in critical social theory from the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Liz has served as an international human rights attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights and as a fellowship attorney with the national ACLU criminal justice project, where she was part of the litigation team that won the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Safford v. Redding, which led to a national prohibition against forced strip searches in public schools. In 2010, Liz shifted her professional work to come into deeper alignment with her commitment to act in solidarity with front-line struggles for shared liberation, and left formal legal practice for full-time community organizing work. After relocating to Minnesota, Liz led the successful statewide campaign to defeat the 2012 Voter Restriction amendment with TakeAction Minnesota and then served as the Director of Collective Resourcing for Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and as the treasurer for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s historic first electoral campaign. Liz is thrilled to make her professional home as the Associate Director of Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice, & Social Transformation, where she organizes with diverse faith communities and people of spiritual practice at the intersections of strategic visioning, direct action, racial justice, and queer liberation. Liz specializes in working directly with organizers and communities to build infrastructure for locally-based forms of reparations, fund-raising, and collective resourcing that challenge modes of capitalist extraction while strengthening our connections to our work and to one another. In addition to her organizing work, Liz is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher and an active member of Shir Tikvah synagogue in Minneapolis. Liz lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her beloved partner Sarah and their dog Chloe.
You can email Liz or call her at 646.621.7931.
Steve Newcom, Founding Director
Rev. Steven Newcom is an ordained minister in the Community of Christ church. Newcom was awarded an Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 2007-2009 to research the intersection of theological education and social justice ministry. The research identified a fundamental gap within seminary education around the applied competencies of social transformation and effective public witness. Kaleo Center was launched in 2010 to address this gap with the mission of advancing social transformation as a practical theological discipline and core ministerial competency. Prior to founding Kaleo Center, Steve served the Headwaters Foundation for Justice as the Executive Director for 18 years and prior to that worked for the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.
You can email Steve or call him at 651.255.6139.