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About This Resource

This session was part of our 2024 REDF Community Retreat in Los Angeles, CA.

Session Description

How can partnerships impact your work? Let’s look at one perspective.

The public sector can play a significant role in boosting your employment social enterprise’s visibility, credibility and funds. Understanding how to navigate the public sector landscape can help to propel ESEs’ efforts by adding value to their work and empowering them to make more informed decisions.

Join REDF’s Government Partnerships & Policy Team and two Socal-based ESEs: Center for Living and Learning and Chrysalis for a session designed to provide insights from direct experience into approaches for identifying valuable partnerships and accessing public support. As part of this session, attendees will hear case studies from both ESEs and engage with the following…

  • Understanding Partnership Building
  • Navigating the Public Sector Landscape
  • Maximizing Opportunities for ESEs

Session Materials

The session materials for our workshop are designed to enhance your learning experience and support practical application. These materials include the comprehensive Power Point deck used during the workshop, providing you with all the key insights and information covered. Plus, we’ve got worksheets and resources for you to try out the concepts and strategies on your own or with your team. These resources are designed to help you understand and use what you’ve learned in your own day-to-day work.

PowerPoint Deck

Resource Map Handout

About the Facilitators

Reena De Asis, is a Associate Director, Government Partnerships & Policy at REDF. She leads the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE). She is responsible for managing the LA:RISE team, fostering existing partnerships, and forming new relationships with local government, businesses, philanthropy, and nonprofits. With a passion for social impact work, she joined REDF to help solve some of society’s biggest challenges.

Afton Branche-Wilson, Director of Policy and Government Relations, provides leadership to Chrysalis’ government relations strategy, connects with organizations leading advocacy efforts affecting our clients, and oversees programmatic grants administration and reporting for government contracts. From corporate philanthropy to local government, Afton has worked in the social sector for over a decade and has maintained a commitment to working closely with people with lived experience of the systems she aims to improve. Afton has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.