Daniel is the Interim Director of Immigration at Community Change where he manages the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a network of grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local and national levels. Daniel has almost 15 years of community organizing and campaign experience, and has played leadership roles in efforts to pass immigration reform at the federal level, fully fund New York City's subway system through the creation of congestion pricing, end New York City's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and create the IDNYC cards, among others. He has worked with Make the Road in New York and nationally, and for the NYC Council. He holds a MPA from NYU's Wagner School and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Advocacy Lab is for those who could imagine working in national or local advocacy organizations that make change happen or anyone who wants to understand the art of issue advocacy as a theory and method of social change. An advocacy campaign attempts to impact public policy, most often through changes in regulations and/or legislation. There are a wide range of roles advocacy campaign workers, organizers, community leaders or think-tank experts can play from research and policy analysis to education, lobbying, public relations and organizing constituencies to reaching out to a wide range of influentials, legislative offices and other government officials. At the same time, the skills of public advocacy– listening, fund raising, finding areas of consensus and building on that consensus, finding ways to make change happen – are skills that can be applied to all professional and life settings.
The course will provide an overview of and training in how to affect public policy through advocacy campaigns, legislative lobbying, issue branding, coalition building and community organizing in the United States with experts and practioners providing us real life scenarios and case studies.