Building the Advocacy Infrastructure to Win Equity Victories for Children and Families
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
1:00 PM - Expected Duration: 1 hour
Winning policy victories that advance equity requires not just individual actions, but a comprehensive advocacy infrastructure that provides all the essential campaign elements. Funders who want to achieve ambitious goals for children and families need to support all of these elements. Join two experienced advocates and a leading foundation executive to discuss a new Capita publication on what this infrastructure needs to look like, and how to secure funder support.
Sara Watson is the founder of Watson Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in designing effective advocacy campaigns, with a special focus on the role of philanthropy and public-private partnerships. Most recently she was the Senior Director, Policy at the Bainum Family Foundation where she led a portfolio of grants to reduce racial and economic inequity through advocacy for early childhood programs in Washington, D.C. She was also co-founder and Global Director of ReadyNation, and a Senior Officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, leading their national pre-k campaign.
Kimberly Perry is a former teacher turned lobbyist who has spent her career dedicated to building powerful organizations to amplify citizen's voices. Her work has driven critical policy change to improve the lives of nearly 30 million children and families across the globe. As DC Action for Children's executive director, she has set a vision to achieve race equity in child policy; and is ramping up the organization's resources, human capital, and networks to break down structural barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. She was also the Executive Director of DC Vote and Vice President, Alliance for a Healthier Generation at the Clinton Foundation.
Barbara Chow is the director of the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she completed an eight-year term as the director of the Education program for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Before that, Barbara was the policy director of the House Budget Committee and the executive director of the National Geographic Education Foundation. During the Clinton administration, she served as deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council, associate director for Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor programs at the Office of Management and Budget, and special assistant to the president for White House Legislative Affairs. Previously, she also worked for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Budget Committee. Barbara earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in government from Pomona College.