National Director, Family Economic Security Program
Entrepreneurial leader of dedicated professional team committed to creating opportunities for low-income workers, especially women and members of communities of color, to achieve economic security. Diverse programming includes practical application of income adequacy research, coalition-building in more than 35 states and federal/state policy advocacy, training and technical assistance. Program has grown from one discreet project to multiple tracks of programming with comparable increase in staffing and funding. Program leadership requires extensive knowledge of policy and programs spanning community and economic development, work and income supports, federal and state level government decision-making processes. Shared responsibilities include developing the strategic direction of organization, contributing to the advocacy agenda, supporting resource development and reporting to funders, stakeholders, and board directors.
t Leadership: Senior level management position, overseeing WOW’s economic security program including (1) Generating Real Economic Equity Now (GREEN) Initiative, (2) Women and Work Project, (3) Economic Security for Survivors (of domestic violence), (4) Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Project, (5) the BEST Campaign, and (6) Building Bridges as co-director. Lead team of staff, consultants, advisory board members, stakeholders and interns who operate with clear direction, quantifiable goals and deliverables. Work across organizational program areas to develop intergenerational approaches to WOW's work.
t Communications: Working with Elder Initiative Project Director and Lake Research Partners, developed first-of-its-kind economic security messaging campaign that included coordination of public opinion polling project, stakeholder management and strategic leadership for project intended to advance the causes of vulnerable seniors by building coalitions across areas of interest and using a common messaging framework.Write proposals and reports for grants from major foundations and federal government. Writing and presentation skills span range of subject matter, audiences, media and venues. Develop programmatic uses for Web 2.0 tools. Trainings and presentations include but are in no way limited to:Community Action Partnership, NY State Community Action Association, NASCSP, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, DE Domestic Violence Coalition, Career and Technical Education Equity Council (OK), Philanthropy NY., Good Jobs Green Jobs Annual Conference, TN Alliance for Progress Green Jobs Conference, and CDFI Coalition.
t Coalition-building: Working with Program Associate, Federal Policy Director and representatives of partner organizations in the states to develop and implement advocacy and outreach strategies; working with certain national coalitions such as the Emerald Cities Collaborative, CAPOW, and the Healthy Families Coaltion; providing technical assistance and support to state level coalitions in 36 states and the District of Columbia around a shared agenda focusing on common economic security objectives utilizing two proprietary measures of income adequacy, policy development and analysis.
tFund Raising: Working with Development Consultant, Senior Scholar and others, review grant opportunities within public and foundation sectors. Represent organization before potential and current funders. Contribute heavily to the writing of major grant proposals including proposals to the Ms. Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and more.
tPublic Policy and Research: Working with Manager of Research and Innovation and Program Associate to contribute to research on income adequacy measures, related national economic security campaigns, initiatives and messaging with focus on intergenerational aspects of asset development. Work with Federal Policy Director to advance organizational advocacy agenda. Serve as member of Policy Team and lead Green Team.