Used grassroots campaign tactics to build support for Open Door’s relocation, in response to pushback from local residents.
• Canvassed the town and collected 800 petition signatures
• Hosted a Q&A with Open Door’s CEO at the home of a neighborhood resident
• Invited neighborhood residents on a site tour
• Encouraged supporters to attend Planning Board meetings
• Published an op-ed on town’s Patch.com webpage
My work on the campaign garnered local press:
Fifteen-year-old Jeffrey Guzmán, a patient and a volunteer at the center, felt strongly enough about the place that he asked CEO Lindsay Farrell if he could write about their struggle. She gave him the go-ahead and he posted a Patch opinion piece so much beyond his years that some thought it must have come from their lawyer. Now, this media savvy teen, has taken his campaign to Facebook, creating a page in support of the move.
Seizure Safe Schools Act, Virginia (Epilepsy Foundation of America)
Worked alongside epilepsy activists to pass the Seizure Safe Schools Act, which mandates seizure recognition and first aid training for school personnel in the state of Virginia.
Statement delivered before the Virginia General Assembly.
Press release that garnered story placements in six local publications.
Backgrounder sent to all school districts in the state of Virginia to build support.
Organized meetings with the staff of both senators and six representatives from Virginia to request their support of various Epilepsy Foundation policy positions. Accompanied in meetings by teen epilepsy advocates and their parents.