Helena Burger - Leading from Within: How mission-driven organizations create policy change and pass legislation

Join us for a one-on-one discussion about designing grassroots programs and working effectively with non-governmental organizations, community and business leaders, and public officials to realize a policy agenda.

AAPD, the American Association of People with Disabilities, is the nation's oldest and largest organization focused on increasing the community integration, independence, and rights and opportunities of all people with disabilities. Over a 30 year career leading AAPD, Helena Burger has helped defend and extend the impact of the ADA and launched the "RevUp Campaign" to build political power through voter drives and policy engagement. Join her and EveryLibrary Executive Director John Chrastka for a one-on-one discussion about designing grassroots programs and working effectively with non-governmental organizations, community and business leaders, and public officials to realize a policy agenda.


Over 90% of library funding is dependent on the will of local voters and politicians.
Sessions like this help you learn how to build the support you need to fund your library.

Helena Berger has been a disability-rights advocate for 30 years. She is recently retired as the President & CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Ms. Berger’s international disability rights work includes working with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs as a feature speaker on disability rights, policy, and growing grassroots movements. She has spoken with diverse disability audiences in Mongolia, Nepal, and Cyprus, and traveled to Jordan, the West Bank, and Vietnam. Ms. Berger has been is a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading an executive team, and developing a performance culture among a diverse group of individuals.

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