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PHILANTHROPIC ADVOCATES: How we get in our own way!

January 27, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Advocacy Basics, Part 3 – PHILANTHROPIC ADVOCATES: How we get in our own way and why it’s imperative we change!

SVP Seattle Partners Ruby Love and Sharon Chen, joined by Guillermo Rogel Jr, a professional lobbyist in Washington state, will talk about how philanthropists working in advocacy can sometimes undermine our own effectiveness when we forget to think about equity issues in all phases of policy change — crafting, passing, as well as implementing. Using examples and stories that we have seen when working on racial justice and environmental issues, we will lead a discussion about common blind spots and practical ideas for avoiding them.

Workshop Leads

Ruby Love, SVP Partner and Board Member and Organization Strategist at Front and Centered

Ruby is an entrepreneur and strategist known for advocating for socially responsible business and community organizations. Her career has afforded relationships that have brought millions of much needed philanthropic support to the arts, education, STEM, social services, and advancing philanthropy. From an early age growing up with parents who led civil rights in her community, she honed her skills as an activist, organizer and leader for racial justice. She enjoys advising emerging entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders to unlock the keys to building a better world with racial equity and social justice always front and center.

Sharon Chen, SVP Partner and Resource Manager at Front and Centered

Sharon is a results-oriented executive board member and non-profit sector strategist committed to transforming democratic systems and policies to center the voices of highly impacted communities. She has expertise in organizational development, policy, campaign development and equity strategies, and is a tested programs and teams leader trained in the tech sector.


SVP Seattle is adding advocacy to its body of work that Partners can learn about and engage in. As part of the organization’s Reimagine work, SVP is working to broaden the definition of philanthropy to include advocacy work and address systemic racism by engaging Partners in local and regional advocacy efforts. Join us as we develop our advocacy programming, give us real-time feedback, and help us establish robust advocacy education programming!

PHILANTHROPIC ADVOCATES: How we get in our own way!


January 27, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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