Advocacy is for Everyone! City Hall 101 Workshop

Mar 31, 2017
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
New York Foundation, 10 E. 34th Street, 10th Floor, between 5th Ave and Madison, Manhattan (Map)
Type of Event:
Technical Assistance
Event Audience

 The new Presidential Administration has taken office, Mayor de Blasio and the City Council are preparing for reelection later in 2017, and statewide elections are in 2018. So this is an ideal time to reflect on what we have learned about influencing City officials and to strategize on how to position advocacy efforts after the Presidential election. Advocacy is for Everyone! is an interactive workshop that explores how New York City government works and how you can influence their policy agendas and decisions, especially during an election year. You will be more prepared to advocate for your community during this unique moment in New York City.

This advocacy workshop will provide you with the strategies and learnings to successfully influence the Mayoral Administration and City Council leadership. You will learn who has decisionmaking power, how to manage relationships with key players, how the budget and laws are passed, how federal policy changes are impacting the City and State, and how to engage during election season. You will also gain practical skills and knowledge on how to advocate to policymakers who are philosophically aligned but who may take other positions.

Advocacy is for Everyone! aims to:

  • Improve your knowledge of New York City’s legislative and budget processes.
  • Identify learnings from the first three years of the Mayoral Administration and City Council.
  • Strengthen your ability to cultivate relationships and influence decisions of key policymakers.
  • Provide opportunities to strategize organizing and advocacy efforts that support your community, especially after the Presidential election and during an election year.

Wayne Ho and Emily Miles will facilitate the workshop. Wayne is the President & CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), the nation’s largest Asian American social services agency. Emily is the Chief Program & Policy Officer of FPWA, a 94-year-old anti-poverty organization with a membership network of 200 community and faith based agencies. Both have extensive experience and successes in implementing advocacy campaigns in New York.

Who Should Attend: Community organizers and advocates, especially those who are familiar with New York City’s legislative and budget processes. Only one representative from each organization is invited to attend.

For More Information: Contact Wayne Ho at or Emily Miles at

Registration deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017.

The space in this workshop is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. You must be registered to attend.  Your registration will be confirmed by email.

This workshop is free to grantees of Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, North Star Fund, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

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