If winning legislative campaigns is a non-negotiable pillar of your strategy, this is for you.
Get support for your legislative advocacy campaigns across issues, sectors, and the State of New York. Membership includes ongoing training days, dedicated one-on-one consulting time, and the Legislative Directory with research and campaign management tools.
Our Legislative Maps help advocacy teams understand local and state government structures, timelines and power relations. We keep them up-to-date and beautiful. Download a sample and fast track your collective understanding of session calendars and how bills become law.
Over 250 organizers in New York use our resources to reveal who holds power, who works for them, and how they fit within the legislative landscape. Together, we’re creating a more effective social justice community of activists and advocates.
The Advocacy Institute’s cohort model and intimate trainings foster collaborative networks that develop trust across issue areas, sectors, and the state of New York. Woven into all of our education is a commitment to interactive participation, the use of relevant case studies, and an understanding of the dynamics of privilege and oppression in legislative advocacy.
Plan a legislative campaign, target power brokers, navigate the legislative and budget process. Address the obstacles and opportunities faced when engaging in local and state advocacy.
Understand government structures and relationships as well as the nuances of legislative processes, timelines, and the intricacies of different legislative entities.
Connect with seasoned advocates from an array of organizations, current and former government staffers and elected officials, journalists, and academics.
Collaborate, network, and learn from each other. Receive dedicated one-on-one support from certified experts and develop specific legislative strategies and tactics.
This cutting-edge tool helps members manage campaigns, track targets, schedule meetings, research elected officials & staff, collaborate with campaign partners; get on-going support.
Identify potential sponsors and other targets. Track relationships over time.
Meetings and budget timelines at your fingertips. Seamless scheduling.
Access high quality factual, objective data gathered from trusted sources.
Share notes and insights with colleagues and allies. Share resources with collaborators.
We’ve partnered with Podio to deliver our Data Workspace.
“I love it! It’s the insiders course for outsiders.” -Jess Nizar
“The Advocacy Institute provides real tools that simplifies often complex and opaque processes and institutions. Also, the food was the best I’ve ever had at a conference.” -Erin Drinkwater
“The Advocacy Institute provides a structure for us to learn and make strategic decisions about how our communities can get what we need.” -John Blasco
“I recommend it. The course is effective and very good at giving us the right tools to make a difference.” -Stephanie Mulcock
“One of the most helpful, well-planned trainings I have ever attended. I really appreciate how candid the presenters and fellow attendees were throughout the event.” -Laura Huizar
“AI gave our policy staff a shared baseline understanding of the politcal landscape at the state and city level, which has made conversations and decisions about campaign strategy more useful and effective.” -Kate Rubin
“New York Foundation supports AI because it provides the tools and space for grassroots organizations to collaborate and build a new public policy vision for New York.” -Kevin Ryan
“I learned so much about being an effective and savvy advocate. I connected with other grassroots organizers seeking rigor and efficiency in their advocacy. I’ve gained confidence and knowledge that will greatly serve my work.” Rachel McCullough
“We were operating in the dark before this training. Super-useful. Lots of info on how the system works. Look forward to using the online tool.” -Josh Kellerman
“The Advocacy Institute is essential to broadening and deepening real democratic participation in NYS. It shines a light on the complex and opaque process of NYS governance.” -Tony Perlstein
“In just 4 days of productive and efficient advocacy training, the city and state legislative process feels much more accessible.” -Karina Wegman
“The facilitation was very thoughtful, and facilitators were mindful of the group agreements and very open to participant feedback throughout the sessions, which made the space feel inclusive.” -Kevin Park
“Our organizers have a deeper fluency. The AI experience bolstered their ability to strategize and execute campaigns at the state and city levels.” -John Raskin
“It’s exactly the type of information and “insider knowledge” that groups like ours need to be more effective and strategic in our work.” Walter Barrientos
“Legislative Directory is wonderful, convenient, saves time, and puts a face to people in City and State government. It has so much potential as it continues to grow with our shared information!” -Stephanie Barreto
“The Advocacy Institute overall is a wonderful place to learn about the in’s and out’s of the political arena. The instructors come with a wealth of knowledge presented in a relaxed atmosphere. I built new relationships, and understand now how to powerfully present a bill.” -Ruth Riddick
“The lack of institutional knowledge regarding the NYS & NYC political machines is a core component of keeping communities out of the process. The Advocacy Institute is addressing structural social inequalities.” -Drew Goldsman
“The Advocacy Institute provided valuable information that is not readily accessible elsewhere. The materials were relevant and immediately applicable to my work.” -Erin Markman
“This is the most substantive trainings I’ve ever received. While the information was dense, it was also extremely practical and applicable. I came out of the course feeling absolutely confident and empowered.” -Lucy Block
“Totally unique and profoundly worthwhile. It’s the closest thing to being able to wander the halls of Albany and the City Council, asking whatever questions you have to whomever you like. The Advocacy Institute builds the power of every organization that takes part. And with that power we’ll change New York.” -Leo Ferguson
The Advocacy Institute is fiscally sponsored by The Center for Popular Democracy.