Director of Advocacy and Policy
Ben Mitchell is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Foundation for Tacoma Students where he works with partners in the Graduate Tacoma Advocacy Network to elevate the Tacoma-Pierce County voice to address impactful local, regional, and state policy issues that further our vision for a Tacoma where every child succeeds in school, career, and life. At FFTS Ben was also the project manager for an investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aimed at elevating FFTS' work in three areas: Community Partner Capacity and Capability; Data Capacity and Capability; and Postsecondary Access and Completion. Prior to joining the Foundation for Tacoma Students team Ben spent 4.5 years at Social Venture Partners where he managed their core grant-making program and supported the work of providing capacity building and technical assistance to grantees.
This interactive session will be a 101 overview of Collective Action and the five Collective Action Networks (CANs) that make up the Graduate Tacoma Movement. The goals and strategies of each network will be shared, along with data and indicators used to track the work. There will be a break-out time for participants to dive deeper into the work of the networks, ask questions, and connect with other partners. This session is designed for participants who are new to the work of Collective Action, interested in joining a CAN, or just curious and want to learn more about how the work of these networks fits into the larger cradle to career continuum and systems change goals and outcomes.
Learn about the best funding practices to support achieving impact and fostering strong working partnerships. Discover the challenges with prevailing funding models, and unpack practices that can help funders and fundees do their work in the best possible way.
This session will offer an introduction to Results Count and Collaborative Improvement Frameworks, as well as a few key tools and competencies that can be helpful in systems work. The session will include brief overviews of the following competencies, as well as time to practice with a few tools: understanding how you can be an instrument of change; analyzing root causes of disparities; and continuous improvement.
Hear from leaders involved in the Graduate Tacoma Community Learning Fund. These panelists, who have dedicated their work to serving youth and families, will discuss how they worked collaboratively over the last two years to learn from each other and to operationalize racial equity at their organizations.