At this interactive workshop, learn why it’s so important to work with your elected officials, and the best ways to build relationships with them that last. Hear from expert speakers ready to give you insider knowledge from their years of experience working with elected officials.
You will learn:
– How to identify and contact your local and state representatives.
– How to advocate for support for your park using independently collected data
– How to navigate the NYC budget process
You will also have a chance to develop an “elevator pitch” to your elected official, and get feedback from our panelists.
Our expert panel includes:
Nicole Johnson Yearwood, Director of Government Relations, City Parks Foundation
Nicole Yearwood has been involved in government and community relations professionally since 2000, when she began working for then Manhattan Borough President, C. Virginia Fields. Since 2008, she has been Director of Government Relations for City Parks Foundation, a non-profit that provides free arts, sports, education, and community-building programs in parks in all five boroughs of New York City. She has volunteered and worked on several city, state and national political campaigns. In 2004, Mrs. Yearwood was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Subsequently, she worked in Philadelphia for the John Kerry presidential campaign. Over the years, she has developed many strategic relationships. Before entering the political arena, Nicole worked as a research coordinator for a community-based social service agency in New York. Mrs. Yearwood received her Master of Public Administration degree and a BA in Sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She has acted as a government and community relations consultant to various organizations and businesses, assisting them in navigating city government. Nicole has always been civic-minded and is involved in several organizations serving her community and the city.
Emily Walker, Director of Outreach & Programs, New Yorkers for Parks
Since 2012, Emily has managed NY4P’s relationships with parks advocates and friends of parks groups throughout New York City, while also directing NY4P’s signature public program, The Daffodil Project. Emily works to connect everyday New Yorkers with NY4P’s research and planning reports, while also providing technical support to advocates citywide who seek to better understand city processes as they relate to parks and open space. Through the Daffodil Project, Emily has overseen the distribution of over 1.5 million bulbs to over 1000 individuals, schools, and civic and volunteer organizations, all of whom facilitate community plantings that engage tens of thousands of New Yorkers in every borough each fall.
Rose Christ, Advisor, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Rose Christ is an Advisor in the New York City Government practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, working with clients that include national and international corporations that provide goods and services for New Yorkers, leading New York City cultural and social service not-for-profit entities, public authorities, and trade associations. Rose monitors and analyzes ongoing New York City political and governing processes, with a specific emphasis on advocating on behalf of non-profits during the City’s annual budgeting process. Rose is a Junior Trustee of the Citizen’s Budget Commission and also serves as Vice President of the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC. Prior to joining Manatt in 2010, Rose was a communication and research assistant at the Law Offices of Claudia Wagner LLC, and previously worked in the Mayor’s Office of Public Information for the City of Charleston, South Carolina.