Free to Housing Colorado members!
With the 2016 General Session of the State Legislature upon us, many affordable housing professionals are wondering what issues and policies will affect their day-to-day work. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours, this webinar will discuss the very basics of advocacy in the state legislature
– How to initiate contact with your representatives,
– How to talk about the policies that impact your organization
– How to establish a long term relationship and position yourself as a valuable resource.
Armed with the right skills, attendees will be surprised to learn how accessible state lawmakers are and how easy it can be to effectively communicate your organization’s needs
About our speakers:
A former Colorado State legislator, Gayle Berry now represents interests on behalf of a diverse range of clients as a contract lobbyist and government affairs consultant. During her eight year tenure in the legislature, Gayle was a member of the powerful Joint Budget Committee, the House Appropriations Committee, and was chair of the House Transportation Committee. Gayle received more than thirty awards for her work as a legislator. She has been named to three state-wide commissions by three governors, both as a legislator and a lobbyist.
In the eight years since forming a lobbying firm, Gayle’s relationships both with State decision makers and operations staff have proven invaluable for clients such as Housing Colorado who provide services to citizens and professionals throughout the state of Colorado.
Amber is a partner of Valdez Public Affairs, LLC and has worked with the Colorado General Assembly for ten years. Ms. Valdez has a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University and is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver (expected graduation date of December 2015). Ms. Valdez has successfully represented over fifteen clients, including national firms, Colorado entities, local governments, small business, and non-profit organizations. Her clients express their appreciation for Ms. Valdez’s ability to communicate and keep them informed in this fast-paced and ever-changing political environment and her ability to represent their issues before members of the General Assembly.