2024 Extension Skills
An Extension Foundation Professional Development series

Each second Thursday of the month, the Impact Collaborative's Extension Skills series will provide an opportunity for Cooperative Extension professionals to build capacity with tools, processes and tech skills training. This series is available to Extension Foundation Members Only. Find out if your institution is an Extension Foundation member at extension.org/members

Extension Skills session topics have been informed by the Extension Foundation Needs Assessment completed in the Summer of 2023. The three themes this year- Telling Our Story, Community Engagement and Finding/Securing Funding were among the top needs expressed across Extension professionals from 1862, 1890 and 1994 institutions. Find past Extension Skill workshops on our Video Resource Library, also linked in the schedule.

2024 Schedule

January 11 Telling Our Story: Creating a Digital Strategy- Data vs. Gut
February 8 Telling Our Story: Enhancing our Extension Story through Social Media strategy Targeting Diverse Audiences
March 14 Telling Our Story: Visualizations in Effective Storytelling
April 11 Telling Our Story: Communicating with Local Officials
May 9 Community Engagement for Economic Wellbeing
June 13 Community Engagement: Engaging Audiences who are Immigrant and Refugee
July 11 Community Engagement: Motivational Interviewing
August 8 Community Engagement: Strategies to Improve Engagement
September 12 Finding and Securing Funding
October 10 Finding and Securing Funding
November 14 Finding and Securing Funding
December 12 Finding and Securing Funding

April Extension Skills, Telling Our Story: Communicating your Extension Story with Elected Officials 
April 11th, 2024 2:00 - 300 PM ET 

Join us for a session on "Communicating Your Extension Work with Elected Officials" led by a seasoned expert, Dr. Anne Megaro. This session will explore effective strategies for conveying the impact and value of your Extension work to elected officials, fostering productive relationships, and maximizing engagement. Learn tips on crafting compelling messaging tailored to policymakers, leveraging data and evidence to support your initiatives, and building sustainable partnerships for long-term success. Whether you're seeking funding, engaging in policy making, or simply aiming to raise awareness, this session will equip you with practical tools and insights to effectively communicate your Extension work with local decision-makers.

Anne Megaro, Ph.D.

Anne is the Government and Community Relations Director for the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. She began her work in public policy when she was competitively selected for the AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship in Washington, D.C. She continued her career in public policy as the Consultant to the California State Senate Committee on Agriculture where she was responsible for writing clear, comprehensive, and non-partisan bill analyses as well as collaborating with legislators, stakeholders, government agencies, and the public. With the desire to serve as a liaison between scientists and government entities, Anne accepted her current position where she enjoys increasing awareness and support for UC ANR with government officials and community leaders throughout the state and in D.C. She also serves as a resource for effective science-to-policy communication and guides academics and staff in nurturing relationships with government officials. Anne is an alumnus of Class 52 of the California Agriculture Leadership Program. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science and Management from the University of California, Davis
and Ph.D. in Animal Science from Cornell University.









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