Agenda

David Bradley

David Bradley

CEO

NCAF

Session: National Partner Update

Join national partners CAPLAW, NCAF, and the National Partnership, for a discussion on new updates, training, tools, and resources that can assist the Community Action Network as we demonstrate why “Community Action is Essential”.

Audience

Speaker BIO

For more than 40 years, David Bradley has been one of Washington’s leading advocates on behalf of low-income programs. In 1981, David helped found the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF). As a private non-profit organization funded solely by non-governmental contributions, NCAF represents funding and policy interests of the nation’s 1000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) before Congress and the Executive Branch. David currently acts as NCAF's Chief Executive Officer. In this role at NCAF, David was the primary architect of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). In an age in which partisan gridlock is too often the norm, David has shown an uncanny ability to make poverty issues a concern to both parties. Most recently, David was able to achieve $1 billion in funding through the CARES Act for CAAs to support their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to CSBG, David’s legislative activities include the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Head Start and job training programs. David also helped power CAPLAW, a legal resource center for the Community Action Agencies (CAA) network and CAPPAC, a Political Action Committee.





Denise Harlow

Denise Harlow

Chief Executive Officer

National Community Action Partnership

Session: National Partner Update

Join national partners CAPLAW, NCAF, and the National Partnership, for a discussion on new updates, training, tools, and resources that can assist the Community Action Network as we demonstrate why “Community Action is Essential”.

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Speaker BIO

Denise Harlow, CCAP, is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Community Action Partnership, a national hub that links the nation’s 1,000+ Community Action Agencies to each another and to federal, state, and local leaders looking to connect Americans to greater opportunity. She was appointed the Partnership’s CEO in 2014 after serving as Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance and Interim Chief Operating Officer. Working with Community Action Network partners, Denise was instrumental in the design and deployment of network-wide Organizational Standards and was a leader in the recent update to the Community Action performance management framework.





Veronica Zhang

Veronica Zhang

Deputy Director and General Counsel

CAPLAW

Session: National Partner Update

Join national partners CAPLAW, NCAF, and the National Partnership, for a discussion on new updates, training, tools, and resources that can assist the Community Action Network as we demonstrate why “Community Action is Essential”.

Audience

Speaker BIO

Veronica Zhang is Deputy Director and Senior Counsel at CAPLAW. She advises community action agencies nationwide on strategic, operational, and legal matters, including tax-exempt law, employment law, Head Start and other government grant compliance, and corporate governance. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Veronica was a business law associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic collaborations. She also helped nonprofit organizations operate and maintain tax-exempt status. Veronica is a graduate of Yale University and Boston University School of Law.