Local Community Advocacy: Using Storytelling to Influence Policymakers

Storytelling can be a powerful and motivating communication tool when building relationships with elected officials, particularly at the local level. This session will focus on strategies for crafting and delivering an effective data-informed message that will be memorable to elected officials and support your nonprofit’s advocacy goals.

The second of a two-part series on advocacy, this session begins with highlights from the first session on the basics of building relationships with policymakers (view the full meeting recording online). This is followed by a moderated panel conversation that share, using real-life examples, key elements, and tips for creating a compelling story with data tailored to your audience. The panel includes leaders from three leading Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations and an Ulster County Legislator, who shares his experience as an elected official. Improve your advocacy by listening to this informed and interactive session.

Moderator: Doug Sauer, Independent Advisor, NYCON
Subject Expert: Vincent Marrone, Principal at Public Strategies, LLC

  • Susan Abbott, Director of Grant Programs, ArtsWestchester
  • Yvette Bairan, Chief Executive Officer, Astor Services
  • Peter Criswell, Executive Director of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center and Ulster County Legislator representing District 7, City of Kingston


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