Janet Byrd’s roots as a neighborhood organizer in Chicago working on housing issues as varied as insurance redlining, neighborhood disinvestment and tenant rights stoked a passion for housing policy and community development that has remained constant over the intervening years. Over her career, Janet has spearheaded a number of collaborative efforts which promise lasting benefit to our communities.
As Executive Director of Neighborhood Partnerships, Janet has been central to the success of the statewide advocacy coalition, the Housing Alliance. During her tenure NP also helped to launch the innovative multi-county collaborative to serve high-need homeless families, Bridges to Housing, and quadrupled the impact of the Oregon IDA Initiative, a unique statewide partnership that builds the assets of Oregonians with low incomes. Since 2009, Ms. Byrd has helped to lead the Strategic Communications effort at Neighborhood Partnerships, which works to train and empower advocates to build broad and passionate bases of support for crucial policy efforts. Ms. Byrd holds a BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.
Janet’s Monday Session:
Grow a passionate base of support with strategic communication skills
How is your message heard? Learn why speaking about the values that shape and inform your work can radically advance your mission in your community.
Transform your organization’s message so you can tap into the power of grassroots advocacy. Understand how our brains receive and process information, and how you as an advocate can utilize this to help elevate your concerns and priorities in community discussions.
Janet will share some successful strategies you can apply for communicating with policymakers, community leaders and allies. How you are heard is as important to successful communication as the accuracy of your facts and figures.
You will take home tools, skills, and techniques that will help you hone your message, stay on message, and share it effectively.
Presented by Janet Byrd, Executive Director, Neighborhood Partnerships