Rooted in community. Committed to change.

Action in Montgomery (AIM) is a broad-based community power organization rooted in Montgomery County’s neighborhoods and congregations. We are non-partisan, multi-faith, multi-racial, and dedicated to making our county and state a better place to live and thrive.

You’ll find us working for change: door-to-door and in living rooms, in churches and classrooms, in front of the County Council and at the State House in Annapolis.

AIM began in 1998 when clergy and lay leaders came together to discuss how to address the growing pressures on families in their congregations.

AIM believes in the ability of people to take leadership and transform their communities.  AIM is committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders so that they can change the economic and social structures that affect their lives. We believe in building for power: power that is reciprocal, that is tempered by our religious traditions, and power that creates a table that includes more people in the dynamics of public life.

AIM is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation’s first and largest community organizing network. 

Member Institutions

Congregations

Excel Beyond the Bell Elementary Schools

Staff

Tanushree Dutta Isaacman

Associate Organizer

Tanushree Dutta Isaacman has been AIM’s Associate Organizer since 2017. She was born in Bangladesh and immigrated to England and then the U.S, living in Louisiana, Brooklyn and New Jersey. She graduated from Cornell University, after which she went to Nicaragua with the Peace Corps. After returning to the U.S. she received her master’s degree from the New School, and worked for USAID as a Senior Program Analyst in Latin America, including top level work on the unaccompanied child migration crisis. At AIM she has won real victories for the survivors of the Flower Branch gas explosion and fire, for students and families in high poverty elementary schools, and individuals facing deportation. She is fluent in Spanish and Bengali, and lives in Montgomery County with her husband and two young children.

Cynthia Marshall

Lead Organizer

Cynthia Marshall has been an organizer with Industrial Areas Foundation since 2005. She cut her teeth on organizing at AIM, leading a campaign that won $29.7 million to build recreation centers in historic African American communities. She was the Lead Organizer for the IAF affiliate People Acting Together in Howard, leading campaigns to create a youth conservation corps employing 45 young adults each summer, going door-to-door to sign up 400 low-income citizens get affordable health care, and winning $17 Million for low-income seniors to receive care at home instead of an institutionalized nursing home settings, among other campaigns. She took the lead on building MD IAF’s Agenda on jobs, affordable housing, after-school programs and reducing gun violence. She has also worked on non-partisan Get Out the Vote Campaigns in Ohio and Maryland. Before she started organizing, Cynthia was a Wilderness Instructor at Outward Bound. She earned a Master's degree from Harvard’s Graduate School in Education, and her B.A. at Carleton College. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.