Mike Walsh, Vice President/Director of Public Policy, The Foraker Group
This session will focus on debunking Advocacy myths. As a charitable nonprofit, what can you do? And what can't you do?
Once you know what you can do - how will you go about it? We'll cover how to develop a plan, engage your stakeholders, and share advocacy tools and resources.
Vice President/Director of Public Policy, The Foraker Group
Mike has lived in Alaska for over 25 years, most of that time in Fairbanks. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Purdue University, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mike served in the administration of Governor Tony Knowles and Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer as Deputy Director of the Fairbanks Office of the Governor, and has worked extensively with local nonprofit boards and agencies on a wide range of policy and management issues. He is a past President of and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Fairbanks Community Food Bank, and is President of the Board of Directors for Dance Theatre Fairbanks, a small nonprofit. He is a long-time Adjunct Professor of Political Science for both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Pacific University. As Vice President, Mike responsibility for development and provision of our business planning services and he provides training to boards and staff on a variety of topics, including lobbying and advocacy and outcomes evaluation. To date he has facilitated dozens of strategic planning sessions, facilitated the development of scores of nonprofit business plans, worked with multiple organizations considering various types of mergers and collaborations, and trained hundreds of nonprofit boards and staff of Alaska nonprofits.