2023 GA Strategy Summit Agenda

Thursday, October 12, 2023 

Location: Loudermilk Center, Atlanta, GA
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM ET

8:00 AM: Check-in & COVID Testing

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Non-Partisan Strategy Breakfast

Presentations from:
Christine White, Georgia Alliance
Tamieka Atkins, ProGeorgia
Ashley Robinson, Progress Georgia
Leslie Small, America Votes Georgia

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM: First Breakout

Attendees may choose which session to attend.

Session 1, Richmond Room: Today’s Investment, Tomorrow’s Vote: Youth Empowered


Malika Redmond, Women Engaged (Moderator)
Blake Osbourne, Lowery Institute
John R. Taylor III, Black Male Initiative
Camille Thompson, Collective Renaissance Georgia
Michelle Wilson, Women Engaged

Session 2, Chatham Room: Climate Change and Georgia Elections: Too Hot to Knock


Jennette Gayer, Environment Georgia (Moderator)
Brionte McCorkle, Georgia Conservation Voters
Fenika Miller, Black Voters Matter
Adrienne Rice, Sustainable Georgia Futures
Kim Scott, Georgia WAND

Session 3, Muscogee Room: Georgia Care Crisis: Why Centering Care Helps Us Win 2024


Hillary Holley, Care in Action (Moderator)
Jasmine Bowles, 9to5 Georgia
Keauna Gregory, Family Friendly Georgia
Dom Kelly, New Disabled South Rising

Session 4, Bibb Room: Empowering Immigrant Communities and Advancing Immigrant Rights: Stories and Victories


Preye Cobham, Esq., Women Watch Afrika (Moderator)
David Garcia, GALEO
Asim Javed, Georgia Muslim Voter Project
Gloria Kilanko, Women Watch Afrika
Jennifer Lee, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta

12:00 PM – 12:05 PM: Break

12:05 PM – 12:55 PM: Second Breakout

Attendees may choose which session to attend.

Session 1, Richmond Room: Gender, Identity & Bodily Autonomy: Working Collaboratively to Advance Reproductive Justice and Transgender Rights


Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality (Moderator)
Chanel Haley, Georgia Equality
Carol McDonald, Planned Parenthood SE
Alicia Stallworth, Reproductive Freedom for All Georgia

Session 2, Chatham Room: The Future of Georgia is Latine


Luis Zaldivar, CASA (Moderator)
Alberto Feregrino, CASA
Leslie Palomino, Poder Latinx
Andres Parra, GALEO

Session 3, Muscogee Room: Voting Rights on the Frontlines


Rahul Garabadu, ACLU of Georgia (Moderator)
Melinee Calhoun, Black Voters Matter
Caitlin May, ACLU of Georgia
Nicole Robinson, Fair Fight Action
Deborah Scott, Georgia STAND-UP

Session 4, Bibb Room: We Right Here: Dispelling the Myths around Black Male Engagement


John R. Taylor III, Black Male Initiative (Moderator)
Elijah Grace, New Georgia Project
C. J. Jenkins, Black Men Build ATL
Shola Martin, Collective Renaissance Georgia
Aseelah Rashid, Inner-City Muslim Action
W. Mondale Robinson, Black Male Voter Project
Britney Whaley, Working Families Party

12:55 PM – 1:00 PM: Break

1:00 PM – 2:40 PM, DeKalb Room: Non-Partisan Lunch

Power Shift: How Values, Identity, and Community Drive Black Political Engagement

Keynote: Maurice Mitchell, National Director of Working Families Party

Julie Fernandes, Associate Director, Rockefeller Family Fund and Managing Director of the Democracy & Power Innovation Fund (Moderator)
Katrina Gamble, Founder & CEO, Sojourn Strategies
Prentiss Haney, Co-Executive Director, Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Ranada Robinson, Research Director, New Georgia Project
Terrance Woodbury, CEO & Founding Partner, HIT Strategies

2:40 PM – 3:30 PM: Third Breakout

Attendees may choose which session to attend.

Session 1, Richmond Room: How Georgia is Mobilizing the College Vote

Mary-Pat Hector, RISE (Moderator)
Zo Bambara, Black Youth Vote Georgia
Ebony Brown, RISE
Janiah Henry, Black Youth Renaissance Tour
Blake Robinson, Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project
Camille Thompson, Collective Renaissance Georgia

Session 2, Chatham Room: Catalyzing Collaboration: Advancing Sustainable Advocacy in Savannah & Beyond

Eric Paulk, ProGeorgia (Moderator)
Helen Butler, Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda
Shanda Neal Green, 9to5 Georgia NAWW
Alicia M. Johnson, Step Up Savannah
Dominique Derbigny Sims, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
Holly Whitfield, Deep Center

Session 3, Muscogee Room: Faith, Reproductive Justice and Preventing Political Violence

Roula AbiSamra, Amplify Georgia Collaborative

Leo Seyij Allen, Faith in Public Life
Kaelea Lucas, Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE)

Session 4, Bibb Room: Building the Progressive Power Pipeline: Candidate Recruitment*


Kimberlyn Carter, Represent Georgia Action Network
Melita Easters, Georgia WIN List
Han Pham, Her Term
The Honorable Virgil Watkins Jr., Bibb County Commissioner
Britney Whaley, Working Families Party

6:30 PM – 11:00 PM: Democracy Dinner & After Party

The Democracy Dinner is a separately ticketed event. Summit Registration does not include a ticket to Democracy Dinner unless you bought both tickets at registration.

Friday, October 13, 2023 

Location: Loudermilk Center & sites around Atlanta
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Dekalb Room: Partisan Breakfast*

Presentations from:
Ashley Robinson, Progress Georgia
Leslie Small, America Votes Georgia

Path to 91 by 2030*

Valerie Barnhart, America Votes Georgia (Moderator)
Ben Heppner, America Votes Georgia
David Radloff, Clarity Campaigns

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Site Visits, Locations throughout Atlanta

Attendees may choose which sites to visit.

10:00 AM, Council on American-Islamic Relations – Georgia Chapter, 1141 Cleavemark Dr, Clarkston, GA 30021

10:30 AM, Black Male Initiative, 501 Pulliam St. SW Ste. 410, Atlanta GA 30312
11:00 AM, Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN Atlanta): Transportation will be provided; pickup at the Loudermilk Center
11:00 AM, Lowery Institute, 266 Lee Lane, Atlanta GA 30314 on the Campus of Clark Atlanta University inside the Thomas Cole Building Ste. 217
12:00 PM, Georgia Stand-UP, 2366 Sylvan Rd., Atlanta, GA 30344
1:00 PM, GLAHR, 834 Inman Village Parkway Ste. 200, Atlanta, GA 30307**
1:00 PM, Georgia Alliance, 834 Inman Village Parkway Ste. 200, Atlanta, GA 30307**
1:00 PM, Progress Georgia, 834 Inman Village Parkway Ste, 200, Atlanta GA 30307**
2:00 PM, CASA in Action, 2792 East Point St, Atlanta, GA, 30344


CARE In Action Happy Hour

You all are invited to a happy hour with Hillary Holley, Care in Action‘s Executive Director and our Emergent Award winner! The Cocktails for Care event is on Friday, October 13th, at 5 pm. RSVP here by October 9th, as space is limited

To learn more about Care in Action’s plan to elevate the Care Agenda and help elect care candidates in 2024, don’t forget to RSVP here by October 9th. The address will be shared closer to the date.

*This conference session will feature partisan political content; we invite c3 funders in their personal capacity.
** The site is not ADA-compliant.

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