This interactive workshop will provide volunteers with the basic skills and strategies for advocacy work at the community level (ANC meetings, etc), with city government (the Mayor's office and City Council), and even on The Hill. We'll discuss best practices for getting in contact with officials, framing our issues, and making compelling arguments. We'll also practice responding to uncomfortable questions, hostility, and other challenges that can come up when advocating for sex worker and drug user rights. Councilmember Grosso will share strategies that he's developed from many years of successful advocacy in the District, and will help volunteers hone their advocacy skills through role plays and discussing real-life scenarios.
We will be holding two identical sessions to accommodate varying schedules. Please click below to RSVP to one session:
David Grosso was elected to the Council of the District of Columbia as an At-Large Councilmember on November 6, 2012 to represent residents in all eight wards. David brings a wealth of experience having worked with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and former Councilmember Sharon Ambrose, in addition to his experience in the private sector. As a Councilmember, David is committed to continuing the school reform efforts, improving health outcomes throughout the city, addressing inequities within the criminal justice system, and enhancing job opportunities by supporting a robust successful workforce development and public higher education system. David has also focused on sweeping ethics reform, transparency and open government, and further engaging residents in the political process.
David Grosso is a native Washingtonian. He earned a philosophy degree from Earlham College and a law degree from Georgetown University. David is a current member of the D.C. Bar and previously served on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington. He is a member of the Sierra Club, NARAL, ProChoice America and the ACLU.
Prior to attending college, David volunteered helping Salvadoran refugees living in Honduras. He also spent a year as a full-time volunteer with the Brethren Volunteer Service building a transitional housing program for homeless women and children in San Antonio, Texas. While in Texas, David met his wife Serra Sippel who is also a native Washingtonian and president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity. David and Serra live in the Brookland neighborhood of Ward 5 with their dogs Frida and Diego.
Work Experience and Qualifications
From 2001 to 2007, David worked in the Office of Councilmember Sharon Ambrose of Ward 6. Among other positions he served as committee clerk for the Committee on Economic Development where he worked to help create the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation.
David served as chief counsel to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton in 2007 and 2008. He advised her on policy related to her work on three House committees. In addition to working on other important matters of interest to the District, David led the Congresswoman’s effort to pass the D.C. Voting Rights Act, securing passage in the House, only to come up three votes short in the full Senate. During David’s tenure, Norton secured a top 20 “most influential” ranking according to Power Rankings, the organization that ranks all 440 Members of the House of Representatives.
Prior to taking office, David was vice president of public policy at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. He was instrumental in developing the company’s positions and policies at the local, state and federal levels. During his time at CareFirst, David provided in depth analysis of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and advised the organization on its implementation.