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AFP SBV May Professional Development Training: Advocacy for AFP and Beyond

May 19, 2021 @ 11:30 am


Join the Santa Barbara-Ventura Counties Chapter of AFP and the FUND for Santa Barbara as we convene a longtime local activist, and expert in the field, and a policy advocate with AFP Global together for a discussion about policy advocacy, knowing your rights to lobby as a fundraiser, which issues are affecting the nonprofit sector nationally, and how to get your organization on board.

Michael Nilsen
is Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Policy, for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He has been with AFP for more than two decades and oversees all communications efforts for the association, working in everything from government affairs and public policy to media relations, marketing, awards, and social media. He was the first full-time lobbyist for the association, advocating in Congress, the Canadian Parliament and various state and provincial legislatures across North America on public policy issues related to fundraising and the charitable sector.

Michael now works to enhance the association’s advocacy and lobbying programs. He is also creating new outreach grassroots initiatives to encourage AFP members and nonprofits around the world to become more engaged in government relations.

Nona Randois leads the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy work in California. She supervises AFJ’s California team and ensures that AFJ offers expert training, resources, and technical assistance to support nonprofits and foundations conducting advocacy in our state. She is a thought leader who directs advocacy efforts to protect nonprofit advocacy rights and builds relationships with key partners.

Nona previously served as Directing Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where she represented nonprofits in community economic development, land use, tax, real estate, and corporate matters. She also has experience in policy advocacy, employment law, strategic planning, and organizational capacity building. She is on the board of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, a member of the LA Council on Immigrant Integration, and served on the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board for over a decade.

Marcos Vargas is the Executive Director of the FUND for Santa Barbara, and the founding Executive Director of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), a community-based social movement organization for social, economic and environmental justice serving the California Central Coast. Over 14 years, Marcos led the growth of CAUSE from a small research and policy advocacy center into a powerful grassroots force for social, economic and environmental justice throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Marcos has extensive experience in leadership in the nonprofit sector in Santa Barbara and Ventura, and currently serves on numerous local, regional and national boards, including the McCune Foundation, the Common Counsel Foundation and the Partnership for Working Families.