211 National Steering Committee Webinar -211 is Stronger Together: Advocacy 101

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Joshua B. Pedersen

Director of Network Operations & Performance

United Way Worldwide, Arlington, Virginia

Joshua B. Pedersen has worked and volunteered in the non-profit industry for 24 years.  He led the implementation of the 211 service throughout Utah, has served as Director of Services for the Utah Food Bank, as Vice President of United Way of Northern Utah, CEO of United Way of Frederick County, Maryland and as President of 211 Maryland.   Today Joshua works as 211 Director of Network Operations & Performance for United Way Worldwide. Joshua has served on way too many boards but especially likes working on those boards that improve non-profit governance and provides funding to capable service organizations.   Joshua has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Weber State University.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending whatever time with his 3 children and baking.

Sarah Kile

Executive Director

211 Northeast Michigan

Sarah Kile is the Executive Director at 211 Northeast Michigan where she proudly serves over 1 Million people in 23 counties.  She is a graduate of Central Michigan University and the Community Coalition Leadership program through The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Sarah has spent over a dozen years as a veteran of public health education and activism.  She has worked to prevent teen pregnancy, reduce substance abuse and in community health planning.

Sarah has sat on many community boards and is currently a Councilperson for The City of Gladwin, and sits on the Board of Education for the Clare-Gladwin RESD. One of her favorite boards includes Mid Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters where she also gets to volunteer as a “Big Sister.”

Steve Taylor

Senior Vice President and Counsel for Public Policy

United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Virginia

Steve Taylor is a public policy and government relations leader with more than 25 years of experience on Capitol Hill and as a nonprofit executive.

He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Counsel for Public Policy at United Way Worldwide, overseeing federal policy and advocacy for a network of over 1100 United Ways across the United States.

Chiara Cameron-Wood

AIRS Interim Executive Director

AIRS, Lehi, Utah

Chiara Cameron-Wood is graduated with an Associates Degree in Business,  Bachelors in Psychology, and a Masters in Human Services with a specialization in Social and Community Resources. She has served her community in several nonprofit roles, including volunteer coordination with United Way of Northwest Ohio and Hannah's Socks, before moving to Utah and becoming part of the 211 program there. She started as a lead and quickly became the Program Director and then the Managing Director of 211 Utah. She held that position for 5 years before becoming a part of AIRS and now serves as the Executive Director. Chiara lives in Lehi, Utah, with her husband Jeff, near their 7 children and the stunning natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and national forests. She enjoys traveling, writing, meditation, baking shows, musicals, shallow high school comedies, singing, and playing the piano whenever she can. 

Po Leapai

Advocacy Organizer

Washington’s Low Income Housing Alliance

Community Organizer and Social Justice Advocate committed to investing in, and growing thriving communities by listening to our neighbors to create and manage equitable programs and provide support for people who need it the most. Lived and relatable experiences have given me the opportunity to engaging people in grassroots campaigns.


211 is Stronger Together: Advocacy 101
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin.  |  45 minutes Join us as we feature Po Leapani and Steve Taylor as we discuss how to tell our story so that we can make major policy impact.