Philanthropy is an essential element in shaping policy and advocacy efforts. Without a clear understanding of the relationship between philanthropy, government and democracy, we miss opportunities to contribute our voice to shaping important conversations of our time. While we can greatly influence issues through our grant-making, we will look at the next step. Why is it important to participate in policy and advocacy? How must we use our voice? We will discuss what policy advocacy is, think about the tools you can use and encourage you to go boldly forward to use advocacy to further your mission, vision and impact!
Courtney Chappell, Legal Voice
Courtney Chappell has over 15 years of experience promoting racial and social justice, and graduated magna cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law. She is currently the advocacy director at Legal Voice where she helps to manage the organization’s strategic initiatives to advance the legal rights of women, girls and LGBTQ individuals across the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Legal Voice, she served in a variety of leadership roles, including senior director of state capacity building at State Voices, executive director of the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, deputy director at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders under the Obama Administration, deputy director at the DC Employment Justice Center and other roles.
Courtney is passionate about using the law to advocate for women of color and vulnerable populations and leveraging different strategies – organizing, coalition building, community lawyering and policy advocacy – to do so. Courtney currently lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and two daughters.
Please contact Ankita Patel, senior manager, public policy and advocacy.