Date(s) - 12/08/2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session about why and how nonprofit organizations build political power. Our featured guests will be Jordan Berg Powers of Mass Alliance and Lisette Le of Massachusetts Voter Table.
Many nonprofit organizations that have historically been devoted to direct services to individuals, families, and communities are now becoming aware that they can play a role to advocate and influence public policy. Some of them are extremely concerned that key decisions are actually being made when lawmakers are voted into office, and are looking to understand what they can and cannot do to voice and take action about these concerns. In this session, nonprofit professionals will learn about strategies to influence public policy and ways to engage members/constituents in electoral campaigns, while complying with 501c3 IRS statutes.
This session is for nonprofit leaders who are interested in learning about what they can do about:
- Lobbying about issues that concern them
- Ballot initiatives
- Helping their members and constituents to vote
Here’s a little more about Jordan:
Jordan Berg Powers is the executive director at Mass Alliance, where he previously served as deputy director. In his seven years there, he has helped elect new progressive leaders across the state, recruited progressive champions to run, and trained hundreds of grassroots organizers. Using his expertise in talking to ordinary voters about progressive policy, He conducts trainings across the state on campaign strategy and management, candidate recruitment, progressive messaging and women in politics. Jordan has a masters degree in International Politics from the London School of Oriental & African Studies as well as a B.A. in International Development and a B.A. in Economics from American University.
Here’s a little more about Lisette:
Lisette Le joined the Massachusetts Voter Table as its Director in February 2016. Lisette has over 10 years of experience in community organizing, civic engagement, and advocacy. Before joining the MA Voter Table, she was the civic engagement coordinator of Right to the City Boston, an alliance of community based organizations across Boston, supporting a citywide “right to remain” campaign, and leading the alliance’s electoral and civic engagement work. In her capacity with Right to the City, she also was a member of the MA Voter Table’s steering committee. She previously served as coordinator for Right to the City VOTE (a 501c4 organization) and as an organizer at Chinese Progressive Association Boston. A first generation Vietnamese American, she is committed to building a social justice movement with low income immigrants and people of color at the center. Lisette holds a bachelor in American Studies from Tufts University.
1) In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service. This will be a professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want to learn with and from their peers in other organizations.
2) This session is for employees of nonprofit organizations. It is not designed to meet the needs of vendors, volunteers, students, consultants, job-seekers, and others.
3) Priority in registration will be given to those who are employed by nonprofit organizations that hold full membership in the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
4) Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit professionals. However, you must have a confirmed registration in order to attend.
5) If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the waiting list.
We hope that you can join us for a vigorous and informative conversation, in which you will be welcome to share your knowledge and experience with your peers!