Foundations often miss their incredible opportunity to shape public policy due to a fear of engaging in advocacy. Lobbying is a form of advocacy that is only one point on the continuum of ways to use one’s voice. When foundations do not use their voices to speak about policies impacting their organizations and communities they serve, it removes the philanthropic sector from the democratic process. For our first Advocacy in Action session, we'll be joined by an expert from the Bolder Advocacy initiative at Alliance for Justice who will empower you with the legal rules of both funding and participating directly in policy advocacy activities.
This webinar session is also a great prelude to Foundations on the Hill.
- Quyen Tu, Bolder Advocacy, Alliance for Justice
Quyen is the Southern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice. She consults with and trains nonprofit organizations on the rules for legal and effective advocacy.
She is a long-time active member of the American Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Orange County Asian American Bar Association. Quyen’s work in these associations has focused on diversity in the bench and bar and access to justice.
Quyen earned her B.A. at the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Prior to joining AFJ, Quyen had her own law practice, focusing on consumer litigation and advising social enterprises including benefit corporations, certified B Corps, and social purpose corporations.
Outside of work, Quyen volunteers at local and global Habitat for Humanity build sites (Los Angeles, Orange County, Nepal, Jordan, and counting). When she is not hammering or mixing mortar, Quyen runs, bikes, and learns new yoga poses to maintain her sanity, and more importantly, to compensate for her love of ice cream.
- Ankita Patel, Philanthropy Northwest
Please contact Ankita Patel, senior manager, public policy and advocacy.