Strategic Advocacy: Congressional Advocacy to Build Power

Strategic Advocacy: Congressional Advocacy to Build Power

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Grassroots Organizing/Campaigns

Starts: Friday, Oct. 8 3:45 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Oct. 8 4:45 PM (Eastern)

If you want to engage your Members of Congress, influence policy, and take your advocacy efforts to the next level, you must have the necessary tools and knowledge to do so. Learn to track legislation and policy changes; understand the various advocacy vehicles and strategies (digital organizing, coalition building, and education tools, like Congressional briefings and hearing). This session is an intermediate hands-on Congressional Advocacy training and interactive simulation developed by Poligon Education Fund, a national nonpartisan organization that works towards increasing American Muslim participation on Capitol Hill.


Nadia Mozaffar

Nadia Mozaffar

Nadia Mozaffar is on the Board of Directors of Poligon Education Fund. At Poligon, Nadia has conducted several trainings on congressional engagement and advocacy and has assisted with the development of numerous resources targeted towards teaching Muslim Americans how to effectively lobby. Nadia has also managed Poligon’s weekly newsletter, Hill Happenings, which provides informative updates regarding Congressional activity.

In addition to her work at Poligon, Nadia is an attorney with policy expertise in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and higher education fields. Nadia currently works at a nonprofit legal organization in Philadelphia where her work focuses on advancing educational rights and opportunities for children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, reducing transfers of youth to the adult criminal justice system, and economic justice issues.

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Johanna Mustafa


Johanna Mustafa is the current Policy and Advocacy Manager. Johanna works closely with the Board of Directors and legislative and media team members to develop and execute advocacy strategies in support of Poligon’s policy agenda. She closely monitors policy developments in Congress, and identifies opportunities for proactive responses. Her role also includes, but is not limited to, leading policy communications and outreach work, delivering congressional advocacy trainings, and coalition building.

Johanna has a passion for civil rights work and social, racial, and economic justice. She brings years of experience in national and grassroots advocacy and organizing work with the American Muslim community. Prior to joining the Poligon team, Johanna served as an Advocacy Specialist for the National Network of Arab American Communities. She also led civic engagement campaigns with the Arab American Institute and the Arab American Civic Council. Her passion for social justice work transcends the spheres of labor and manifests in her volunteer organizing. She is a Steering Committee Member with Yalla Indivisible and Transforming Justice OC, and an active Board Member with the Arab American Civic Council.