POLICY, ADVOCACY, AND SUSTAINABILITY EXPERIENCE
Education Law Center, Philadelphia, PA
October 2012-present Strategic Partnerships and Development Consultant
►Develop, manage and implement all fundraising programs consistent with the priorities set by the Board of Directors and Executive Director, reporting regularly to both on progress.
►Oversee prospect-specific strategies for cultivating and soliciting major commitments for programs and projects.
►Identify and research new revenue sources.
►Strengthen fundraising from corporations and foundations, including research and grant proposal writing.
►Participate in meetings of the Board of Directors and its Fundraising/Development Committee, making reports and supporting the committee as necessary and appropriate.
► Raised over $90,000 in 8 weeks- approximately 10% new donations.
Public Interest Projects, New York, NY
May 2012-present National Policy, Advocacy, and Sustainability Consultant, Elev8 Initiative
►Work with coalitions of community schools leaders to advocate for site-specific and national policy priorities, including out of school time, school-based health care, and school discipline to achieve positive outcomes for youth by expanding the Elev8 community school model.
►Monitor progress on local sustainability efforts and connect these efforts to national sustainability efforts.
►Stay abreast of Federal funding opportunities and alert sites to these opportunities.
►Assist Atlantic Philanthropies, Public Interest Projects, and Elev8 sites with increasing awareness of theElev8 community school model among foundations.
► Assist with developing fundraising events and make presentations at key conferences.
►Assisted California site with writing and submitting a U.S. Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods Implementation, U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women, and Corporation for National and Community Services Americorps grants; assisted Baltimore site with writing and submitting Corporation for National and Community Services Americorps grant.
► Organized national advocacy visit to Washington, DC for staff and youth (75 participants).
May 2011-April 2012 National Policy and Advocacy Consultant, Elev8 Initiative
►Worked with policy directors to identify overlapping local, state, and national concerns and identified opportunities, resources and related initiatives; developed a shared agenda and campaign strategy and assisted staff in executing the plan. Activities included, but were not limited to: working with sites to identify key decision makers, providing guidance on permissible 501(c )(3) activities, identifying coalitions working on the same issues, brokering partnerships with identified coalitions, and working with sites to determine their level of participation.
►Organized monthly meetings of the four Elev8 policy directors, developing the meeting agenda and preparing background materials and policy briefs as necessary.
►Developed policy briefs and talking points on national agenda issues for policy directors’ advocacy efforts.
► Produced the following publications: Priorities for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Priorities for FY 2012 Federal Budget; Elev8’s Impact: A Research Brief; and talking points for community leaders’ briefings with Obama Administration officials, August 26, 2011.
► Supported the DIPLOMA Act. Components of the Act are included in the Senate’s current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Supported Sen. Whitehouse's (D-RI) amendment to ESEA, which passed. Supported Sen. Sanders' (D-VT) Integrated Services and Out of School Time amendments to ESEA, which did not pass.
►Became a partner with the Coalition for Community Schools and signed their ESEA Statement.
►Became a partner with the American Academy of Pediatrics and signed their health principles letter to the Supercommitee.
►Submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on the Proposed Rule on the Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans and to the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice's recommended focus of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative.
Children’s Defense Fund, Oakland, CA
April 2010-October 2010 Interim Executive Director
► Worked with CDF’s national management team, state directors, and board members to develop and implement strategic plans on identified priorities and an effective, integrated development strategy.
►Provided direction on grassroots organizing and created and fostered coalitions to build a Cradle to Prison Pipeline movement in California and nationally.
►Oversaw fiscal and administrative procedures to ensure sound programs and accounting systems.
►Served as a liaison with key community leaders, networks, public officials, and the media.
► Maintained communication with national staff and ensured all monthly outcome reports, including policy, research, communications, and programs, were completed and submitted on time.
►Assisted with developing a juvenile justice strategic plan.
►Wrote final grant reports and managed budget of $10 million.
►Submitted seven outcome reports to national staff.
July 2006-April 2010 Director of State Policy Advocacy Operations
►Developed and oversaw the implementation of Federal and state outreach, mobilization, and organizing efforts with constituencies on policies to dismantle the Prison Pipeline, supporting children’s healthy development and success.
►Developed and oversaw the direct and grassroots lobbying of members of the California Legislature and U.S. Congress to support children’s policies that address the Prison Pipeline.
►Developed and oversaw implementation of all aspects (logistics, curricula, evaluations, etc.) of young adult and faith leadership development trainings and programs.
►Developed and maintained constituency partnerships on policies supporting children’s healthy development and success.
► Published The Importance of Health Coverage for All Children: Research and Stories from Working Californians.
► Partnered with Health Care for America Now (HCAN), Momsrising.org, and other organizations to reach, mobilize, and organize thousands of Californians in support of national health care reform.
►Lobbied members of Congress on essential components of children’s health coverage.
►Trained 1,000 young adults and faith leaders on the Prison Pipeline and advocacy mechanisms to affect change.
►Initiated social networking mechanisms in four areas of the state (the Central Valley, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area) to generate support among young adult activists for three policies (two at the Federal level and one at the state level) promoting children’s health and education opportunities.
► Wrote one-pagers and take action toolkits on Proposition 86 and disseminated to over 50 organizations.
► Traveled to Sacramento, CA and Washington, D.C. for grassroots lobbying purposes.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), San Francisco, CA
January 2006-July 2006 Development Consultant (Temporary)
►Assisted with planning and implementing all aspects of the 29th Anniversary Gala, NCLR’s premier fundraiser.
►Worked with the Annual Giving Manager to strengthen and implement a Major Gifts program.
►Raised over $1 million at the 29th Anniversary Gala; increased major gifts by 25%.
National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University, New York, NY
August 2004-September 2005 Regional Director, Safe Haven Initiative
►Improved the capacity of New York City municipal service systems, including child welfare, homeless, public assistance, and family court, by identifying cross-policy barriers and advocating for more child-friendly policies.
►Increased family reunification and stability by coordinating child welfare, family court, homeless, public assistance, and substance abuse service systems.
►Formulated and assisted with the implementation of six policies that advanced child- and family-friendly policies across five municipal service systems.
►Assisted 30 families with accessing and coordinating services and overcoming cross-service systems barriers in an effort to reunify and attain stability goals.
►Oversaw the management of all programmatic and fiscal components, including: fundraising; proposal writing; outcomes monitoring, analysis, and reporting; and budgeting, analysis, and reporting. Made recommendations based on analyses to improve the program’s overall effectiveness.
►Provided technical assistance to Safe Haven Initiative leaders in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.
Agenda for Children Tomorrow, New York, NY
March 2000 – August 2004 Executive Director, Bushwick Community Development Unit
►Led a public-private partnership of 150 leaders, including but not limited to social service providers, residents, and public officials, who engineered and implemented a three-pronged approach to address social problems in Bushwick (in North Brooklyn; population: 550,000) to improve overall quality of life for all residents in the community.
►Oversaw the partnership’s core functions, including strategic planning and fundraising.
►Designed and led the start-up phase of the partnership, including exploring and determining whether Bushwick was interested in becoming an ACT community; defining the partnership’s mission, goals, and operational structures; and increasing diversity and maintaining consistent participation among leaders.
►Implemented a model to address community needs in three areas: child welfare, homelessness, and health.
►Organized and implemented a legislative breakfast which led to a collaboration among nine community partners, resulting in $6 million of homelessness prevention funding over a three-year period.
►Augmented the technological capacity of the partnership, in collaboration with the United Way and IBM, by networking 48 computers and providing assistance as needed.
►Strategized and advocated with 48 key partners to promote and monitor citywide policies (including legislation and budgets) that addressed priority needs in the areas of housing, homelessness, health, and service coordination.
►Bridged communication between the partnership and 16 municipal service systems partners on untapped resources.
September 1998- March 2000 Director, Bushwick Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) Project
►Oversaw planning, facilitating, and evaluating of a strengths-based, culturally-sensitive, consensus-driven FGDM model with families, advocates, and service providers to promote family stability.
► Trained leaders of “One City, One Strategy” (consisting of NYC Commissioners of all municipal service systems) on the costs and benefits of the FGDM model, challenging previous, best-practice ideology. This effort resulted in a piloted FGDM model in Bedford-Stuyvesant with funding totaling $500,000.
►Advocated for resolution of cross-service systems barriers, resulting in four policies advancing child-friendly priorities.
►Scheduled and facilitated 92 family group decision meetings, preventing foster care involvement for 46 families.