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California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders Network Webinar: Measuring Power Building Impact on Housing Justice Policy

April 25, 2022 | 12:00-1:15p PT

This session will last 75 minutes. 

Building on our power building and shifting webinar series, this California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders Network webinar will explore the measurement component of power building strategies and how the evaluation process in itself is a form of shifting and sharing power. 

We’ll be joined by Regina Schwartz, who will speak to the importance of measuring power building efforts to understand the policy impact, getting outside of the data to focus on people and stories, and how it can influence stakeholders to make the case for future investments. 

We’ll also hear from Julie Fernandes, Associate Director at the Rockefeller Family Fund and Joseph Tomás McKellar, Executive Director, PICO California as they talk about their work together through the Democracy & Power Innovation Fund, a partnership between state-based organizing groups, social science researchers, and aligned funders in support of learning and innovative programs that explore the connections between organizing, civic engagement, and building progressive power, with a focus on work in and led by communities of color.

You can learn more about the Democracy & Power Innovation Fund in the short video below:


Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of why and how to measure power building impact
  • Learn how measurement can be used to make the case for future investments in power building and bring other funders along
  • Hear examples of what it looks like for organizers and researchers to lead power building measurement efforts to secure policy victories and wins


  • Julie Fernandes,  Associate Director, Rockefeller Family Fund
  • Joseph Tomás McKellar, Executive Director, PICO California
  • Regina Schwartz, Power Building Measurement Consultant, Former Director of Movement Capacity Building, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


How to Register

To register for this webinar, please use the register button below.

Please note: Participation is limited to private funders (e.g. foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy serving organizations, and members of Funders Together) located in California or who do grantmaking in California. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email Lauren Bennett

The California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network is generously supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.  

This webinar will last 75 minutes. 

April 25, 2022 at 12:00pm - 1:15pm
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