ILEAD Policy Series

April 27 - May 13, 2021 – 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Are you a town or community leader looking to deepen your understanding of how to engage with policy?

As leader within a town or organization, policy plays an important role in our communities. We want to make sure that you have the skills and resources to shape legislation—so that it helps rather than hinders your work.

Join us for the ILEAD Policy Series, four interactive sessions designed to build skills and explore how policy can be an important factor at the community level, the state level, and the federal level.

Each session will feature guest speakers and interactive discussions to explore policy in these areas and understand how to effectively submit testimony, build community collaborations, and interact with the federal delegation.

Participants will be encouraged to share their own experience as they use case studies, small group discussions, and panels with practitioners to explore the skills and considerations needed when one engages with policy.

Sessions will take place April 27, April 29, May 11, and May 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., and are free and open to all who currently hold a leadership position and want to deepen their understanding of how to engage with policy.

Session Schedule

  • April 27 – Why Engage with Policy?
  • April 29 – Local Policy
  • May 11 – State Policy
  • May 13 – Federal Policy

Session descriptions

April 27 – Why Engage with Policy?
Join Hannah Pingree and a panel of community leaders as they discuss why engaging with policy is important, then dig into case studies drawn from local, state, and federal examples to better understand how leaders have used policy to get things done.

April 29 – Local Policy
Hear from municipal leaders as they dig into how they have brought towns together to effect change on a regional level, then connect with other leaders on rising issues of your own that could benefit from a regional policy strategy.

May 11 – State Policy
Hear from state legislators about what they look for in testimony, then practice effective presentation techniques to help you with submitting effective testimony of your own.

May 13 – Federal Policy
Hear from staffers working with the Federal delegation on what is and isn’t effective when engaging their offices.

Register to join us

Click here to register for the April sessions

Click here to register for the May sessions

Interested in learning more?

Contact Kate Tagai for further details.


Through our Island Leadership Exploration and Development (ILEAD) workshops, the Island Institute offers education, training experiences, and individualized support for teams and organizations to increase local leadership skills and provide a peer network for information and resource sharing. Learn more about our leadership programming here.