Webinar: Partnering with the Government – Benefits and Strategies

Date: December 17th, 2021

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM PST

Location: Virtual

Creating relationships with various stakeholders and being connected to the latest conversations in your particular sector of interest is crucial to advance an organization but also its impact. While connecting with different entities similarly to yours is rather simple and natural, fostering relationships with elected officials, from local to state and national level, might seem unnecessary and daunting. 

It is an intimidating process that requires a long-term strategy, resources and patience. Yet, establishing these contacts and developing a relationship with these officials and their teams is extremely beneficial. It is an excellent strategy to raise awareness about your work and organization, but also access unique resources, knowledge and expertise.  

Join our guests speakers for a conversation about:

  • Mission-driven organizations and how to exercise their influence
  • The benefits of establishing long lasting relationships with officials at local, state and national level 
  • Strategies to fostering relationships with officials and their teams;
  • Transitioning from a transactional to a transformational dynamic


DENISE DAVIS, the founder of Persist, is a public servant and educator whose commitment and approach to increase women’s civic engagement is inspired by her own political journey and her work with students at college and high school level. She has served on Redlands City Council since 2018 and is currently the Director of the Women’s Resource Center at University of California Riverside. She also founded the Persist Women’s Political Engagement Conference at UCR, the first conference of its kind in Inland Southern California.

She grew up in Las Vegas, NV, and was the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned her master’s degree in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics while there as a Rotary International Scholar. She graduated with her B.A. from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands. Denise is also a graduate of Emerge California. 

ITALIA GARCIA, a native of Mexico City, immigrated to Riverside, CA at the age of ten. Italia’s leadership, motivation and tenacity to make a positive impact in her community derives from her personal experiences growing up as an undocumented immigrant in disadvantaged communities throughout the Inland Empire. For more than 13 years, Italia has been a vocal and passionate advocate leading numerous organizing efforts throughout California and across the country. She holds extensive knowledge and experience as a political strategists and organizer around various social justice issues. In 2015 she was Congressman Mark Takano’s State of Union Congressional guest and in 2017, Italia received the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership, College Access Partner Advocate Award. Additionally, she is a recipient of the 2020 CA Senate District 31 Women of the Year Award, and the 2020 CA Assembly District 61 Women of Distinction Award. She is a member of the Community Advisory Board for the UCR School of Medicine, Center for Health Disparities Research. Italia earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Riverside. She currently serves as District Representative for State Senator Richard D. Roth where she covers issues of LGBTQ+, Labor, Housing, Immigration, Agriculture and Latino Outreach.  

Daniel Peeden, Director of Communications, Majority Leader State Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (District 47)

This program was made possible in part by the generous support provided by the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund. Caravanserai Project is the recipient of a Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund award aiming to provide programs and services that support small business viability through growth, expansion, innovation, and increased productivity. Read more about this award.

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