City Hall 101 Workshop: Advocacy is for Everyone App Deadline Feb 15, 2018

Posted on January 16, 2018

City Hall 101: Advocacy is for Everyone!

The new Presidential Administration has been in office for almost a year, Mayor de Blasio was just reelected for his second term, the City Council is choosing new leadership, and statewide elections are in 2018. This is an ideal time to reflect on what we have learned about influencing City officials and to strategize on how to position advocacy efforts during this Presidential Administration. Advocacy is for Everyone! is an interactive workshop that explores how New York City government works and how you can influence their policy agendas and decisions, especially during a State election year. You will be more prepared to advocate for your community during this unique moment in New York City.

This advocacy workshop will provide you with the strategies and learnings to successfully influence the Mayoral Administration and City Council leadership. You will learn who has decision-making power, how to manage relationships with key players, how the budget and laws are passed, how federal policy changes are impacting the City and State, and how to engage during election season. You will also gain practical skills and knowledge on how to advocate to policymakers who are philosophically aligned but who may take other positions.

Advocacy is for Everyone! aims to:

  • Improve your knowledge of New York City’s legislative and budget processes.
  • Identify learnings from the first four years of the Mayoral Administration and City Council.
  • Strengthen your ability to cultivate relationships and influence decisions of key policymakers.
  • Provide opportunities to strategize organizing and advocacy efforts that support your community, especially after the Presidential election and during an election year.

Wayne Ho and Emily Miles will facilitate the workshop. Wayne is the President & CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), the nation’s largest Asian American social services agency. Emily is the Chief Program & Policy Officer of FPWA, a 94-year-old anti-poverty organization with a membership network of 200 community and faith based agencies. Both have extensive experience and successes in implementing advocacy campaigns in New York.

Who Should Attend: Community organizers and advocates, especially those who are familiar with New York City’s legislative and budget processes

Date and Time: Monday, February 26th, 2018, 9 AM – 2 PM

Location: Midtown

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women’s Foundation, North Star Fund, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

Deadline to apply: Monday, February 15th, 2018. Only one representative from each organization is invited to attend. The space in this workshop is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Your registration will be confirmed by email.

For more information, contact Wayne Ho at or Emily Miles at