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City Hall Workshop Series 2019: City Hall 201

Mayor de Blasio is now his second term, the City Council’s new leadership has been in charge for a year, all branches of State government are now under Democratic control, and the Presidential Administration has been in office for two years. Now is an ideal time to reflect on effective strategies for influencing New York City policy decisions and how to best position citywide advocacy efforts within the state and federal political contexts. City Hall 101 and City Hall 201 is an interactive two-day workshop series that will explore how New York City government works and prepare you to advocate for your community.

City Hall 101: Advocacy is for Everyone! will provide lessons from and strategies for successfully influencing the Mayoral Administration and City Council leadership. You will learn who has decision making power, how to manage relationships with key players, how the budget and laws are passed, and how federal policy changes are impacting the City and State.

City Hall 201: Advocacy in Action builds on City Hall 101 and will focus on how to develop a successful campaign. You will gain practical skills and knowledge on building coalitions and mobilizing community members, communicating key messages and framing solutions, and increasing power and cultivating relationships with policymakers.

This two-day advocacy training aims to:

  • Improve your knowledge of New York City’s legislative and budget processes.

  • Strengthen your ability to cultivate relationships and influence decisions of key policymakers.

  • Enhance your capacity to develop and implement a campaign.

  • Improve your coalition building, community organizing, messaging, and power analysis skills.

  • Provide opportunities to strategize advocacy efforts that support your community.

Wayne Ho and Emily Miles will facilitate the training. Wayne is the President & CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), the nation’s largest Asian American social services agency. Emily is the Chief Program & Policy Officer of FPWA, a 95-year-old anti-poverty organization with a membership network of 200 community and faith-based agencies. Both have extensive experience and successes in implementing advocacy campaigns in New York.

Series Details

Who Should Attend: Community organizers and advocates, especially those who are familiar with New York City’s legislative and budget processes.

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  


  • Session 1City Hall 101: Advocacy is for Everyone!, Monday, February 25th, 9 AM – 2 PM

  • Session 2: City Hall 201: Advocacy in Action, Tuesday, February 26th, 9 AM – 2 PM

Where: Midtown

Deadline to register: Wednesday, February 13th. The space in this workshop is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Only one representative from each organization is invited to attend. Your registration will be confirmed by February 19th via email.