Tools for Policy Advocacy and Consumer Assistance

Policy Makers

Contact Information for Alameda County’s State Legislators

Key State Legislative Committee Contacts

Alameda County Supervisors

Redistricting has changed some district boundaries. Do you know your Supervisor?

Supervisor Keith Carson

Supervisor Wilma Chan

Supervisor Scott Haggerty

Supervisor Nate Miley

Supervisor Richard Valle

Helpful Tools

Scheduling a Meeting with your Legislator

Anatomy of a Meeting Worksheet

Writing a Letter to the Editor

Media Interview Prep Sheet

Tapping the Advocacy Power of your Board


Click here for the California State Senate 2017 calendar.

Click here for the California State Assembly 2017 calendar.


Special Resources for CBOs

Lobbying and Advocacy 101: Legal Tips for Nonprofit Advocates

Lobbying is not only legal—it’s one of the most effective means for nonprofits to advance their missions. NCOA and other national aging organizations are co-sponsoring a training from the experts at Alliance for Justice. Join a free webinar on Thursday, February 9th at 11am to understand what lobbying is, why it’s so important, and how your nonprofit can lobby within the rules.

Click here to register for the webinar. Click here for nonprofit advocacy rules and regulations.

The Lifecycle of Legislation

The following graph provides an overall picture of how the essential steps for a bill to get passed into California legislature. Click here to see the image.

Campaign Planning: Best Practices

The Just Enough Planning Guide was developed by expert campaigners as a way to help smaller nonprofits organize their campaigning goals in an effective manner. The Planning Guide focuses on the nine stages of planning and offers best planning practices for each. To download the complete Planning Guide from SpitFire, click here.

Additionally, organizations can tailor the approach to their own goals by filling in a blank outline of the guide, found here.

A Case Study in Measuring Impact

The following case study of The Humane Society offers evaluation insight into how a large corporation changes their outcome measuring techniques to provide data that is meaningful and can be utilized to increase efficiency. Click here for the entire case study.

Imagine. Act. Believe.

This article from the Casey Foundation provides an overarching, theoretical framework of a changing environment. The discussed change could be applied to a variety of circumstances found in the nonprofit sector. Click here to read.

Consumer Assistance Tools

Click here for Justice In Aging’s Balance Billing Flyer, with help for Duals who receive bills from their health care providers. Click here for the Spanish version.

Disability Rights California produced Medi-Cal Managed Health Care Plans: What are they? What do I need to know about them? It’s a comprehensive FAQ about Medi-Cal Managed Care for consumers. Click here for the PDF.

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