2020 Public Policy Summit

November 12-13, 2020


Stay on the lookout for new speakers, information and updates to the Summit schedule. Please note, this schedule is based on Eastern time.

Thursday, November 12 - Navigating the Post-Election Policy Landscape

12:00-12:15 p.m. ET

Welcome & Opening Remarks

This year's Council on Foundations' Public Policy Summit will open with remarks from Kathleen Enright and David Kass. The introduction will focus on the critical role philanthropy can play as stakeholders in public policy.

  • Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations
  • David Kass, Vice President, Government Affairs & Strategic Communications

12:15-1:00 p.m. ET

Unpacking the Election

We'll explore the recent election results and its implications on the philanthropic sector. Following the discussion, a moderator will open the conversation for questions and answers.

  • Charlie Cook, The Cook Political Report, Editor & Publisher/ Political Analyst

1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

The Administration & Congress: The New Landscape and Expected Legislative Priorities

During this moderated panel, Members of Congress and former Administration officials will discuss what the November election results means for the next Congress and Administration. Panelists will share their expectations for upcoming policy priorities and the impact on legislative action.

  • John Podesta, Former White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
  • Jay Williams, President, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (moderator)

2:30-3:30 p.m. ET

Federal Budget, Appropriations, & Social Policy in the Next Congress

With the world undergoing a major transformation this year due to COVID-19 and its ongoing repercussions, experts will unravel how Congress allocates discretionary spending, and what policy shifts will take center stage in the new Congress. Panelists will discuss how philanthropy can better understand how the Federal budget and appropriations process works and the opportunities ahead.

  • William Hoagland, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Robert Greenstein, Founder, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Shalanda Young, Clerk & Staff Director, House Committee on Appropriations
  • Angela Catella, Senior Manager, Planning, Strategy, The Pew Charitable Trusts

3:45-4:30 p.m. ET

Discover the Council’s Policy Agenda & Tax Landscape in the Next Congress

What is the likely tax policy landscape in the next Congress? Why is the voice of philanthropy important in this policymaking? The Council’s Government Affairs team will address how the tax landscape could be affected in a new Congress and will share the Council’s 2021 policy agenda. Attendees will be invited to participate in an interactive poll about legislative priorities that are important to their foundations.

  • David Kass, Vice President, Government Affairs & Strategic Communications
  • Ken Kies,  Managing Director, Federal Policy Group, LLC
  • Regina Bell, Director, Public Policy, Council on Michigan Foundations

4:30-4:45 p.m. ET

Day One Wrap Up & A Look Ahead to Day Two

4:45-5:45 p.m. ET

Networking Event

Friday, November 13 - Advancing Equity in Public Policy

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

Advocacy 101: Rules for Foundations on Lobbying and Advocacy

  • Bryan Del Rosario, Director, Legal Resources & Senior Counsel

Advocacy 201: Experiments in Advocacy - What Works and Why

  • Marc Porter Magee, PhD, Advocacy Labs

12:00-12:15 p.m. ET

Opening Remarks

The second day of the Council on Foundations' Public Policy Summit will focus on driving equity into public policy, including discussions of equity in the economic rebuild, recovery, and the importance of philanthropy's influence and investments in this moment of time.

12:15-1:30 p.m. ET

Advancing Equity & Building Power in Black Communities

Black communities are suffering more acutely on nearly every indicator—job loss, health outcomes, housing instability and the list goes on. This panel will discuss intentional investments and policy solutions needed to address the injustices that have caused these long-term disparities for Black people and communities.

  • Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Rashad  Robinson, President, Color Of Change
  • Bakari Sellers, Commentator, CNN
  • Tonya Allen, President & CEO, Skillman Foundation (moderator)

1:35-2:45 p.m. ET

The Urgency of State and Local Policymaking Going Forward

The country has witnessed the need for fast-acting government policymaking this year, with state and local governments on the front lines in safeguarding public health, responding to staggering unemployment and business closures, and grappling with the disparities affecting communities of color. As the 2021 legislative year approaches, the challenge before the nation’s policymakers is to engineer a recovery that insures economic and health equity and helps communities be more resilient and just. This session will feature state and local officials discussing their takeaways on how governments have responded to the pandemic, what policy priorities are essential for municipalities, counties, and State legislatures in 2021, and what philanthropy can bring to the public discourse in their communities.

  • Larry Johnson, Commissioner, Dekalb County, GA
  • Nan Whaley, Mayor, Dayton, OH

2:45-3:45 p.m. ET

Concurrent Sessions

The impacts of COVID-19, coupled with the demand for racial justice, have the potential to transform urban landscapes socially, physically, and economically. These breakouts will show how some foundations are raising the game on policy advocacy. With three topic tracks to choose—2020 Congressional Redistricting, Digital Equity, and Systems-Change Advocacy for Equity, these sessions will illustrate advocacy grantmaking focused on disrupting the status quo or driving greater equity into State and local policies. Each breakout will contain a discussion followed by a small group conversation.

State-level Advocacy on 2021 Congressional Redistricting

  • Jocelyn Bissonnette, Director, Funders Census Initiative, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation (Moderator)
  • Jasmine Gomez, Programs Director, Access Strategies Fund

Other speakers to be announced.

System-Change Advocacy for Equity in Communities

  • Scott Moyer, President, Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation
  • Susan K. Thomas, President, The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation
  • Naomi Orensten, Director of Research, Center for Effective Philanthropy (Moderator)

Other speakers to be announced.

Digital Equity in the Age of COVID

Speakers to be announced.

3:45-4:00 p.m. ET

Moving Forward Together