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Nonprofits and Public Policy: Advocating Strategically to Advance Your Mission

Friday, October 2, 2015

Nonprofit organizations can advance their missions and increase their impact by strategically engaging in public policy advocacy. This can take a variety of forms, including lobbying, grassroots engagement, coalition building, issue organizing, participating in regulatory activities, professional networking, and developing ongoing working partnerships with government agency representatives. Learn strategies, tactics and the “rules of the road” from an exciting line-up of speakers and local experts.

Our keynote speakers will be Steve Greenberg of Greenberg Public Relations and Bob Bellafiore of Stanhope Partners. Both have extensive experience in and out of government and working with nonprofit organizations. Both appear regularly on Capital Tonight and in local media.

The program will also include a panel of local nonprofit experts who represent different types of nonprofit organizations. Panelists will discuss how they influence public policy and interact successfully with government agencies. Panelists will include: Ami Schnauber, Vice President for Advocacy and Public Policy, LeadingAge New York; Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director, Environmental Advocates of New York; and William T. Gettman, Jr., Executive Director, St. Catherine’s Center for Children. These will be followed by a Commentary by Stacey B. Rowland, Partner, Wilson Elser.

Roundtable discussions with panel members and other UAlbany faculty experts will complete the morning’s program.