Building Coalitions to Preserve Non-Discrimination Protections in Your Community
Lead by Example
Kim Sogge, Pride Foundation and De Stewart, Vice President PFLAG Southwest Washington, Advocacy Specialist YWCA Clark County
Workshop Block 1: Saturday, October 21 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Salon H

Coalitions of social service organizations can do powerful work advocating for the needs of the LBGTQ community. This presentation will talk about the success of PFLAG Southwest Washington joining together with other social services organizations in Clark County Washington to form a chapter of Washington Safe Alliance, a public education group working to defend Washington's longstanding non-discrimination protections. We’ll share ideas for community development, how to get stakeholders on board, how to share information and resources as well as effective event planning strategies. There will also be time for brainstorming coalition building strategies with fellow conference attendees.

Presenter Bios

Kim Sogge was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently calls Portland, Oregon home. She came to Pride Foundation in 2015 as part of the inaugural Momentum Fellowship program, a leadership development cohort for people of color in field of philanthropy. She is excited continue to implement Pride Foundation’s programming and expanding partnerships in Oregon and Southwest Washington as Regional Development Organizer. Kim brings with her experience in electoral organizing, volunteer management, higher-education, grant-writing, and advocacy. Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric & Media Studies and American Ethnic Studies from Willamette University.   

De Stewart holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from San Jose State University. She is an advocacy specialist with YWCA Clark County in Vancouver, Washington. She is Vice President of PFLAG Southwest Washington. She brings expertise in public policy, lobbying, and communty activism. De was born in Kansas. She spent 40 years in California and now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. She has a 16 year old transgender son.      

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