Supercharged Advocacy: PFLAG Legislative Learning & Action
Raise Your Voice
Jamie Henkel and Diego Miguel Sanchez, APR, PFLAG National
Workshop Block 5: Sunday, October 22 - 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Columbia (Lobby Level)

As we head into a new legislative session and the 2018 mid-term elections, it is important to remember that advocacy is an integral part of PFLAG’s mission. This workshop will offer opportunities to build new skills, educate others, and fine-tune individual and chapter advocacy efforts. Review local, state, and federal legislative efforts in 2017 as well as what to expect in 2018. Discuss the “Dos and Don’ts” of political advocacy including looking at effective tactics for influencing elected representatives, learning how to use personal stories to make an impact, and considerations for working effectively in coalitions.

Presenter Bios

Jamie Henkel is the Learning & Inclusion Manager at PFLAG National. She works with PFLAG chapters on ally engagement programming, cultivates Straight for Equality’s online presence, supports the development of new Straight for Equality publications and learning sessions, and is one of the program’s learning session educators. Jamie joined the PFLAG National staff in April 2008 as Operations Associate and worked with the Operations team for three years. In 2011, she joined the Equality and Diversity Partnerships team as the Equality & Diversity Partnership Coordinator and has been an integral part of expanding the Straight for Equality project’s reach. Since 2012, she also has helped to manage the PFLAG Academy Online, a monthly webinar program for PFLAG chapters nationwide. Prior to her time at PFLAG National, Jamie completed two internships with the Richmond Peace Education Center and Hope in the Cities. While working with the Peace Center, she worked on initial research for the organization’s Peace Curriculum and organized a forum called “Torture and the War on Terror.” At Hope in the Cities, her work was primarily focused on aiding in the development of The Connecting Communities Fellowship Program. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where she majored in Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Social Justice Studies. She also received her Master’s Degree in Political Science from George Mason University. 

Diego was most recently Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Barney Frank until the Representative’s retirement in 2013. Diego made history as the first openly transgender senior staffer on Capitol Hill.  He testified before Congress in the historic Transgender Discrimination Hearing in 2008 and that year was the first openly trans person appointed to the DNC Platform Committee. Prior, he spent 10 years in large nonprofits and 20 award-winning years in global public relations, marketing, and diversity management at world headquarters of Fortune 500 companies and two global PR firms.  Diego was among The 100 Most Powerful Latino/s in Corporate America, an LGBT Latino Hero in DC, in the 100 most powerful Latino/s (Poderometro) in Massachusetts by El Planeta, voted Best Congressional Staffer by QStreet, named to the Out 100 and the Inaugural Trans 100, sponsored by GLAAD.

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