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Learning to Advocate for Children and Families Ep. 2

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Ad vo cate (noun): a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.


When influencing the halls of power, whether in your town, your state capitol, or Washington, DC, advocacy makes a difference. In this free webinar series, participants learn skills to be an effective advocate for issues they care about and be engaged and informed members of their communities. From strategies for organizing stakeholders to methods for communicating your priorities, this series explores everything you need to make an impact on the issues most important to you.

All webinars are one hour long and have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.

This series will be facilitated by Catriona Macdonald, MPP, President, Linchpin Strategies, LLC.

Episode II: Advocating for Systemic Change
Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT

While legislative gridlock can prevent policies that are important to children and families from becoming law, communities are moving solutions forward.  Meanwhile, the legislative redistricting process has become highly politicized, fueling further legislative gridlock that citizens and groups are responding to with their own policy solutions and programs.

This webinar will provide an overview of innovative state and regional approaches to family-friendly policies, highlighting how citizen advocacy made a difference.  We will also dive into the process of redistricting; gerrymandering and why it matters to family-friendly policies and programs; and how to advocate and organize around these issues in your community.

Facilitated by:  

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Catriona Macdonald, MPP,  President, Linchpin Strategies, LLC

Catriona Macdonald leads Linchpin Strategies, LLC, where she assists non-profit organizations in the areas of health, education, and disability in communicating their priorities and needs to audiences at all levels of government. Since founding Linchpin Strategies in 2004, Catriona has led successful efforts to establish new medical research funds; protect small business opportunities from federal agency overreach and multi-million dollar competitors; and secure increases of more than $4 billion for early childhood education.

Catriona’s experience on Capitol Hill includes working for Senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate Labor Committee; staffing domestic social issues and appropriations for Congressman Steny Hoyer; and serving as the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee. Catriona’s experience in the executive branch includes working as a budget and policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

At a Glance

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Cost: $FREE