Advocacy Day.

All Things Advocacy.

Join Conference Partners PANO and GPNP for a whole day of advocacy fun on October 14 during the annual Collaborative Conference and GPNP’s bi-annual Summit. An outline of the day includes:

  • 8:00-8:20 AM – Mindfulness, Movement, and Music
  • 8:30-9:00 AM – Opening Remarks with Ify Aduba
  • 9:00-9:45 AM – The Power of Nonprofit Advocacy Panel
  • 10:15 AM-12:00 PM – Policy Panels
  • 1:00-2:00 PM – Centering Policies in People with Equitable & Just Pittsburgh
  • 2:00-4:30 PM – Workshops & Featured Speakers

Scroll down to learn more about each session!

Panel Discussions.

The Power of Nonprofit Advocacy Panel

Moderated by: Ifeoma Aduba, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Funders Network

Featuring as Panelists: Senator Jay Costa, 43rd District, PA State Senate | Representative Natalie Mihalek, 40th District, PA House of Representatives | Jasiri X, Co-Founder & CEO, 1Hood Media | Dolly Wideman-Scott, Ed.D, CEO, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County | Jamie Glasser, Founding Parnter, Commonwealth Consulting Partners | Philip Falvo, Public Policy Director, United Way of Pennsylvania

To open conversations, the Power of Nonprofit Advocacy Panel will create a space for organizations new to advocacy and lobbying activities to hear from elected officials and nonprofit leaders that have been able to prioritize these activities so they can share information about how their organization has engaged with and found success in building relationships with elected officials. Additionally, experienced advocates will be able to gain and share information about current priorities and offer success stories.

Policy Panel: Education

Moderated by: Philip Falvo, Public Policy Director, United Way of Pennsylvania

Featuring as Panelists: Representative Sheryl M. Delozier, 88th District, PA House of Representatives | Representative Peter Schweyer, 22nd District, PA House of Representatives | Greg Rudder, State YMCA of PA | Dr. Quintin Bullock, President, Community College of Allegheny County | James Fogarty, Executive Director, A+ Schools | Dr. Kathi Elliott

Panelists will focus on the cost of college loans and their impact on nonprofit employees, the need for after-school partnerships with nonprofits to address the life needs of secondary school students (e.g., tutoring, life skills, recreation, mentorship), and other ways that nonprofits can support the leadership development of our youth. Participants should bring questions related to the ability of nonprofits to partner with state/local government in meeting these needs.

Policy Panel: Environment

Moderated by: Alyssa Lyon, MPM, EcoDistricts AP, Director of Black Environmental Collective, UrbanKind Institute

Featuring as Panelists: Senator Carolyn Comitta, 19th District, PA Senate | Representative Steve Samuelson, 135th District, PA House of Representatives | Michelle Naccarti-Chapkis, Executive Director, Women for a Healthy Environment | Carla Conrad, MS, RRT-NPS, Executive Director, Breathe PA | Ilyssa Manspeizer, Ph.D., Executive Director, Landforce | Natalia Rudiak, Local Government Outreach Manager, ReImagine Appalachia

Panelists will focus on the need for all sectors (government, nonprofits, businesses) to focus on the triple bottom line—or the impact that each organization on the environment. Participants should bring questions related to the ability of nonprofits to partner with state/local government in identifying solutions to increasing awareness and engagement around environmental impact.

Policy Panel: Housing

Moderated by: Jane Downing, Senior Program Officer, Economic & Community Development, The Pittsburgh Foundation

Featuring as Panelists: Representative Emily Kinkead, 20th District, PA House of Representatives | Councilwoman Olivia Bennett, 13th District, Allegheny County Council | Phyllis Chamberlain, Executive Director, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania | Kyle Webster, General Counsel, Action Housing, Inc. | Samar Jha, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP | Tammy Thompson, Executive Director, Catapult Greater Pittsburgh

Panelists will focus on policy or practice changes needed to preserve housing stability for renters and the region’s aging population, promote homeownership as a wealth creation opportunity for people of color and increase affordable housing. Emergency COVID-19 related funding from the federal government presents an opportunity to pilot new approaches to long-standing affordable housing issues such as evictions, housing discrimination and lack of affordable housing. Elected officials, housing advocates, and nonprofit leaders will share insights on these ideas and ways nonprofits can advocate for just housing options for all.

Policy Panel: Mental Health

Moderated by: Laurie Barnett-Levine, MSW, LSW, CEO, Mental Health America of Southwestern PA

Featuring as Panelists: Representative Dan Miller, 42nd District, PA House of Representatives | Representative Michael Schlossberg, 132nd District, PA House of Representatives | Debbie Plotnick, MSS, MLSP, Senior Vice President, State and Federal Advocacy Mental Health America | Dr. Rachel Kallem Whitman, M.S.Ed, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty, Duquesne University | Sarah Eyster, MSW, Director, Mental Health Division, Eastern Region Rep, Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association (RCPA) | Dr. James Huguley, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work | Curtis Upsher, Retired, Director, Community Relations,  Community Care Behavioral Health, UPMC

Panelists will focus on the impact of COVID on the mental health of all sectors in society—including the need for increased suicide prevention and affordable mental health and drug and alcohol treatment programs. Participants should bring questions related to the ability of nonprofits to partner with state/local government in meeting these needs.

Policy Panel: Workforce/Economic Development

Moderated by: Robert L. Cherry, CEO, Partner4Work

Featuring as Panelists: Senator Amanda Cappelletti, 17th District, PA State Senate | Representative Robert Merski, 2nd District, PA House of Representatives | Allen Norton, Workforce Development Executive, PA Chamber | Majestic Lane, Allegheny Conference on Community Development | Becky Flaherty, Executive Director, The Shady Lane School | Jesse McLean, Executive Director, Western Pennsylvania Pressley Ridge

Panelists will focus on the need for public/private partnerships to provide job training, professional development programs, career ladders that will increase worker wages. In addition, panels will describe the need to increase the base salaries of nonprofit workers funded by the state. Participants should bring questions related to the ability of nonprofits to partner with state/local government in identifying and implementing solutions to these issues.

Check Out More Sessions.

Each day of the virtual conference will feature workshops in the following workshop tracks: Advocacy, Building the Plane While Flying It, Caring for Ourselves & Each Other, Fundraising & Communications, and Leading through Change.