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How COVID Changed Advocacy and How You Can Make It Work for Your Mission

May 19th 2021 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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Fee $ 10.00

Although the capitol is normally a gathering place where nonprofit and community leaders advocate for policy change, COVID-19 has made it harder than ever before to have face to face conversations with Colorado’s elected officials. 

While the pandemic hasn’t stopped some advocates and lobbyists from taking the risks of meeting with legislators - with masks on and social distancing required; many others are advocating effectively and safely from home.

With a phone, a computer, and Zoom, nonprofit and community leaders have carried on their work of influencing public policy. In many ways, it’s easier than ever before to meet with legislators virtually or testify at legislative hearing without being at the capitol.

Our panelists will share what they have learned in advocating from home including what’s worked and what hasn’t. 

Also, we’ll discuss whether COVID-19 has resulted in lasting changes in how we connect with policymakers or to what extent things will go back to the way they were before the pandemic.





  • Free for members of Colorado Nonprofit Association (must be logged in for discount on Regular price)
  • $10.00 for non-members
Event Description

Mark Turner is the Director of Public Policy for Colorado Nonprofit Association. Since 2005, he has directed the organization’s actions on state and federal policies, trained nonprofits on advocacy and lobbying strategies, and communicated with Colorado’s nonprofits about pertinent laws and regulations. Previously, he was the Membership Services Manager for the Association and worked as a Research Assistant for the Latin American Research and Service Agency in Denver. He earned a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College in 2000 and completed the Denver Community Leadership Forum in 2004 through the University of Colorado at Denver.


Katie Creedon manages the It’s About Kids (IAK) Network, which is the Children’s Campaign’s statewide advocacy network.  She is responsible for connecting with and providing resources to IAK leaders and communities regarding policy issues affecting Colorado’s kids.  Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Katie worked with nonprofits in both Colorado and Arkansas first as a Forensic Interviewer, and then as a Program Manager in disease and violence prevention as well as access to health care.  A native of Nebraska, Katie found (like many) that she did not want to leave Denver after completing her graduate studies at the University of Denver.  She’s happy to be in Colorado over 14 years later, working with Colorado’s kids and families and enjoying both the city and the mountains with her husband and two daughters.


Edie has over 36 years in lobbying experience, health care administration including hospice administration, reimbursement contracting, auto industry regulations and medical device manufacturing. Edie was successful in passing prosthetic parity legislation for the Colorado Coalition for Working Amputees, the first in the country, now a federally required benefit. She has worked on difficult health insurance legislation, nonprofit organizations, auto industry issues, reasonable licensure legislation and decreasing burdensome regulations. Edie specializes in the areas of health care, non-profit organizations, and business. She has worked with the Colorado Nonprofit Association on many policy issues for over 18 years.  She holds degrees in Political Science and Nursing.




Qualifies for Excellence in Nonprofit Principles and Practices. Completion of a post-training evaluation is required for this training to count toward recognition. 

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Training/Event Topic Advocacy & Legal Issues
Training Medium Online
Event Region Statewide

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