Washington State has beckoned our team a couple of times in recent months. Anika and Patrick participated in a panel at the second annual conference of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center (WBPC) in December. Patrick returned in January to meet with staff of WBPC and an advisory group for a new research and organizing effort being launched soon. Both Public Works and our friends at Topos will be involved in this initiative.
Also in December Patrick presented in Baltimore to a group of human services providers and advocates who are Kresge Foundation grantees.
Elaine and Marcia continued to work with staff of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) and also led a training session for several of AACF’s allies.
Patrick, Anika and Marcia were in Portland to participate in the final two sessions of the Advocates College hosted by Neighborhood Partnerships.
Anika and Patrick traveled to Michigan to help train the leadership team of the new Priorities Michigan initiative. While there they also conducted the second of a planned series of workshops with the staff of the Michigan League for Public Policy.
Marcia and Anika joined the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in late January and presented to their Metric Matters partners on the power of narratives and storytelling.
Elaine traveled to Boston to lead a workshop that is part of a leadership development program led by the Harvard Trade Union Program.
Marcia traveled to Florida to lead two workshops at the annual meeting of the National Education Association’s Public Relations Council which is run by and serves employees of NEA state affiliates engaged in public relations.