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With the 2020 Colorado General Session upon us, you may be wondering how proposed legislation affects your organization and those you serve. Locating information can be confusing, and approaching legislators may be daunting. This webinar seeks to empower you to become an effective advocate on affordable housing issues.
The webinar will cover the following topics:
- How to locate your elected officials and their contact information
- How to initiate conversations with elected officials
- How to talk about the policies that impact your organization and those you serve
- How to establish long-term relationships and position yourself as a valuable resource
During the legislative session, Housing Colorado will provide bill reports, legislative alerts, and opportunities to testify. Participants of this webinar will be surprised to learn how accessible state lawmakers are and how easy it can be to effectively communicate your organization’s interests.
Housing Colorado's Executive Director Elena Wilken has 15 years in local and state advocacy. She looks forward to working with you and your organization during this legislative session to make the case for affordable housing funding and policy.
Amy Attwood is a fourth generation Coloradan with a background as a Chief Financial Officer and in-house lobbyist in the construction industry. In 2012 Amy transitioned her career in the construction industry to contract lobbying. Having gained a large amount of political capital through her career Amy started her firm, Attwood Public Affairs in January of 2013. Attwood Public Affairs specializes in construction and land development, k12 education, civil justice and energy.
Jennifer Mello, founder of August Policy Strategies, has a history of success at the Colorado Legislature dating back to 2004. Before the creation of her firm, she worked as a lobbyist with Brandeberry McKenna Public Affairs. Her experience also includes electoral politics, fundraising, donor support and public policy consulting. She began her career in government relations working for the National Governors Association in Washington D.C. and transitioned home to Colorado with a position as Chief of Staff for the Colorado House Democrats in 2004.