Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) will host “Advocating Your Values,” an advocacy training event, 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Community Room at JFCS (5905 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley). DOORS OPEN AT 12:30! The event is co-sponsored by JFCS, The National Council of Jewish Women Minnesota (NCJW), PRISM, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) and Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC).
Whether you are just beginning to get involved with advocacy work or are more experienced, join us for this opportunity to learn how to influence decision-makers, make an impact, and practice your skills. This training will address the importance of advocacy, strategies for talking with legislators, planning your message, making your pitch and more. We will provide yummy snacks! It is free and open to all.
The event’s presenters include professional lobbyists, a former legislator, and volunteers with advocacy experience.
Judy Cook – co-founder and Senior Partner of Cook Girard Associates, with more than 35 years of experience in public policy and politics in Minnesota. She has expertise in a variety of public policy issue areas and has served as the pro bono representative at the State Capitol for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. She serves on the executive committee of JCRC and is the incoming president.
Jeremy Kalin – attorney and clean energy entrepreneur. He served two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2007-11, led a White House task force on climate and clean energy and continues to serve as a Senior Advisor to a national, bipartisan nonprofit that serves state lawmakers in all 50 states. He served six years on the JFCS Board of Directors and continues as a board adviser and member of the Advocacy Committee.
Steven Krikava – retired lobbyist now committed to anti-hunger advocacy and volunteer activism in support of social service organizations. He serves on the national board of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and chairs its Government Affairs & Public Policy Committee. He is a former member of the JFCS Board and continues to be active as a member of the Advocacy Committee.
Rochelle Rubin – attorney, public affairs professional and community volunteer. She is a former lobbyist on a variety of issues and interests. She served six years on the JFCS Board and two years in an advisory capacity. She was the first chair of the JFCS Advocacy Committee and continues to serve as an active member of the committee.