Congressional Advocacy: An Afternoon on Capitol Hill
2:30– 5:30 PM
Join community development leaders from across the country for a visit to Capitol Hill. Conference attendees will meet with U.S. Senators, Representatives, and their staffs to describe how CDFIs invest in communities and build local economies. You will be able to engage with policymakers and talk about your CDFI’s impact as we collectively make the case regarding why federal resources and support are essential. Conference attendees will seek support for CDFI policy priorities, highlight the growing demand for CDFI financing, and demonstrate how CDFIs transform lives and neighborhoods across America.
OFN Public Policy staff will schedule your appointments, provide talking points on OFN’s legislative priorities, provide materials to use during the meetings, and offer pre-Conference webinars to answer your questions.
Transportation to and from Capitol Hill will be provided. You MUST have pre-registered by September 18 in order to participate in the Congressional visits.
CDFI Congressional Champion Awards Reception
Following our afternoon of advocacy, OFN will host a reception on Capitol Hill to present CDFI Congressional Champion Awards to four Members of Congress. The CDFI Congressional Champion Award honors Members of Congress who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing policies that support CDFIs and spur economic growth and job creation in underserved communities across the nation. The reception will also provide an opportunity for Conference attendees to network with Congressional staff and policymakers.
Confirmed honorees are:
- Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
- Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS)
- Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
- Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)
All Conference attendees are invited to the CDFI Congressional Champion Awards reception. You do not need to participate in the Congressional visits to attend the reception. However, transportation will not be provided for those only attending the reception.