AdvoKate Consulting

Kate Sachnoff, MSW

 Pursuing Social Justice through
Policy, Advocacy, and Public Awareness

Skills and Background

Advantages I bring to the table:

  • 30-plus years of government, non-profit and philanthropic work on policy-advocacy
  • Broad set of communications, relationship-building, analytic and strategy development skills
  • Robust professional network in L.A., Long Beach and Chicago among non-profits, government and funders
  • Involvement on the ground on a variety of community based projects
  • Content knowledge in a variety of areas, including:
    • Early Childhood Education programs
    • Food Access/Nutrition/Anti-obesity including food subsidy programs
    • Preventive health, maternal and child health policy
    • Early Childhood Development: (screening & early intervention, early childhood mental health)
    • Home Visitation programs
    • Breastfeeding
    • Parent empowerment, organizing and advocacy
    • Welfare and income support programs
    • Gun violence prevention
    • Violence prevention and trauma treatment including family violence, date rape, sexual assault

    Please see Products page for samples of my previous work.

Born and raised in Chicago, I was bred as a political anlmal starting with campaign work for Abner Mikva and Adlai Stevenson. As a small child, my father took me to see where police and FBI  had assassinated Black Panther Fred Hampton in his bed. Fast forward to campaign work for Harold Washington, Carol Ronen, Jan Schakowsky, Dawn Clark-Netsch, Lisa Madigan and Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, I earned my B.A. at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), interned in theater administration and transitioned to work in the non-profit social services sector. I attended the University of Chicago to earn a Masters in Social Policy Analysis at the School of Social Service Administration. After a fellowship in Senator Paul Simon's office, I went to the Office of Legislative and Community Affairs in the City of Chicago's Department of Human Services. After Mayor Daley was elected I was promoted to head the Office, working as the liaison to hundreds of grantees and lobbying in the State Capitol and in Washington, D.C.  After the birth of our daughter, I had the opportunity to initiate a new community organization of early childhood professionals focused on improving services for birth-5 year olds. This involved providing professional development, peer mentoring for women small business owners, creating a network of providers, and creating a grant fund for program improvements.

In 2005 I came to Los Angeles and now call Long Beach home. I was fortunate to lead the establishment of the first Policy Department for a First 5 commission, here in LA. This involved gaining support for First 5 LA's first policy agenda and implementing it, as well as establishing grant funding for local non-profits to do policy and advocacy projects. Information on this is available on the Products page.

In 2012, I began teaching graduate level policy advocacy and social welfare courses at the University of Southern California's School of Social Work, as part time adjunct Faculty. The first year policy advocacy course covers  skills and competencies for policy advocacy, building policy agendas, analyzing problems, developing , presenting and defending policy proposals, power, political strategy, electoral advocacy and campaigns, implementation and evidence based assessments. It also includes includes a community immersion seminar, social work ethics, organizational theory, policy analysis, history of oppression and discrimination, and a variety of social issues. I also teach Social Work in ECE Settings, a new elective for second year masters' students. 

I am the proud mama of one fantastically brilliant, creative, outrageously funny and gorgeous daughter. I am darned fond of and proud of my husband, and excessively affectionate towards our two dogs. 
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