NeighborWorks America Executive Symposium
Our President & CEO, Mr. Leonard Adams visited the capital this week in Washington D.C. for the NeighborWorks America Executive Symposium to discuss the importance of the work Quest Community Development Corporation does everyday to help transform our communities. He also had the opportunity to meet with Congresswoman Nikema Williams and Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock.
The Executive Symposium (formerly Executive Directors Symposium) is an annual event that brings together the executive leaders from all NeighborWorks network organizations, state-wide collabs, NNA, and Capital Corporations for a two-day event full of robust learning, brainstorming, networking and sharing of best practices. It's an ideal event for focusing on the unique role of the CEO/Executive Director, organizational successes, and challenges across the network.
NNA Annual Legislative Day
Every Spring, NNA hosts its annual Legislative Day in Washington, DC where members meet with Members of Congress to advocate and educate the Hill on the collective impact and success of the NeighborWorks network, and each individual NeighborWorks organization. NNA invites all NeighborWorks organizations to the Hill, which leads to over 180 organizations participating, resulting in sustaining $163 million in core appropriations + $3 million for shared equity for FY22!
The most recent in-person event was capped off with the NNA Legislative Day reception, hosted by Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) with recent presentations by Senator Susan Collins (ME), Senator Jack Reed (RI), Senator Todd Young (IN), Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), Congressman David Price (NC-4), Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21) and Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-4),
Though the pandemic has necessitated a move to virtual advocacy, NNA continues to provide relevant information and access to funding and policy decision-makers. Our Network has successfully engaged in two virtual advocacy days for 2021 and 2022, informing Congressional offices of the great work NNA members do across the Nation. We instill in our members that advocacy is not a one-day event, but a much-needed activity throughout the year.