Driving Systems Change in Three Cities: Collaboration, Advocacy, and the Role of Philanthropy

THURSDAY 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Policy, Systems Change – Far East Room

The New York City Workforce Funders have supported an array of advocacy efforts—from investment in nonprofit advocacy organizations to engagement with City officials—throughout its decade-and-a-half history, garnering successes, failures, and lessons along the way. Join this session to explore past and current investments in New York City and State workforce policy, along with reactions and reflections on similar efforts taking shape in Chicago and Philadelphia.


  • Stacy Woodruff, Managing Director, Workforce Field Building Hub, Workforce Professionals Training Institute (Moderator)
  • Yancy Garrido, Senior Program Officer, The Clark Foundation
  • Sheila Ireland, Philadelphia
  • Roderick Jenkins, Senior Program Officer, New York Community Trust
  • Melinda Mack, Executive Director, New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals
  • Matt Muench, Chicago