Feb. 20, 2-3 p.m. CT

  • Free to members and nonmembers

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Webinar Description

April 1 is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 census. The information collected by the census ensures fair representation of families and individuals in their local, state, and federal legislative bodies. It is also used to make important decisions by the government that affect families and communities, such as the allocation of funding for social services. For these reasons, the social service sector can play a critical role in this important process. 

Despite the high stakes involved for all people residing in the U.S. the census has historically undercounted young children, people of color, rural residents, and low-income households at higher rates than other groups. Human service community-based organizations have an important opportunity as trusted partners to ensure the communities they serve know about the census and are completing it. 

Hear from national experts on the importance of a full census count and learn about outreach strategies and resources to contribute to an accurate count. Participants will understand changes to the 2020 census, how it will be administered, what questions will—and will not—be included, and confidentiality of census data and responses.

This webinar is cohosted by the Alliance, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, and Alliance member Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how the data collected in the 2020 Census impact human service organizations, funding streams, and policies important to all communities 
  • Learn outreach strategies that can improve a full count of community members 
  • Access resources and tools that support outreach initiatives

Who Should Attend

  • Chief executives (CEO, COO, CSO)
  • Performance excellence staff
  • Program directors


Deborah Stein
Network Director
Partnership for America’s Children

Deborah Stein, who became the first leader of the Partnership for America’s Children in 2015, has more than 30 years of experience in policy analysis and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children and their families. She is a nationally recognized child advocate and strategic communications expert who is passionate about improving children’s lives through better public policy.

Before she came to the Partnership, she spent eight years at The Hatcher Group, a public affairs and communications firm, where she served as vice-president of public policy. Stein also spent nine years with Voices for America’s Children, the predecessor organization to the Partnership, where she rose to become director of policy and advocacy and a member of the senior management team. Stein previously worked for the Food Research and Action Center and as a consultant for several national legal services organizations. She spent six years at Brooklyn Legal Services, where she represented indigent clients in housing matters and in obtaining public assistance. She was co-president of the New York City Legal Services union local. A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Stein has a law degree from New York University.

She has written or coauthored reports for KIDS COUNT, the Coalition on Human Needs and the Save for All Campaign, Tax Credits for Working Families, First Focus, Voices for America’s Children, and the Clearinghouse Review.

Hannah Matthews
Deputy Executive Director for Policy
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Hannah Matthews is deputy executive director for policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). In this role, she provides leadership, strategic guidance, and support for the organization’s policy and advocacy agenda. She is an expert on federal and state child care and early education policies and cross-sector policies that affect young children, including children of immigrants.

Previously, Matthews was CLASP’s director of child care and early education. In that role, she advocated for public policies that advanced healthy child development, parent well-being, and family economic stability. She was also a leader on improving access to quality child care and early education for children of immigrants and children of color. Matthews is a nationally recognized expert on the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and worked with advocates and policymakers nationally and in states to improve child care subsidy policies for low-income children and families. Her work helped to inform the 2014 reauthorization of CCDBG, its implementation in the states, and to secure the largest federal funding increase in CCDBG’s history in 2018

Matthews also held policy analyst and senior policy analyst roles at CLASP and served as a senior advisor on child care policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2015. Prior to joining CLASP, she worked in research assistant positions at the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations, the Levitan Center for Social Policy Studies, and Voices for America's Children. She also worked at Human Rights Watch. Matthews earned a bachelor's degree from The George Washington University, and a master's degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Nancy Volpert
Director of Public Policy & Strategic Initiatives
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Nancy Volpert has been part of the senior leadership team of Jewish Family Service LA since 2007. She is responsible for JFS’ advocacy, public policy, and strategic initiatives and is managing construction of the new, $30 million, multi-use headquarters campus.  Along with Board and staff partners, Volpert advocates on behalf of JFS clients and programs at the local, state, and federal level. She has an extensive background in community and media relations as well as fund and board development in the Los Angeles nonprofit community.

Moderated By:

Ilana Levinson
Senior Director of Government Relations
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Ilana Levinson is the senior director of government relations for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. In this role, she represents the Alliance and its strategic action network to Congress, federal agencies, and applicable state government. She also coordinates activities and partnerships with fellow human service organizations and policy coalitions in Washington D.C. to advance aligned goals.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Levinson served as senior director of advocacy and public policy for YouthBuild USA, a national organization focused on reconnecting low-income, out-of-school youth to education and job training. Under her leadership, the organization more than doubled federal legislative support and increased annual federal investment by $12 million, to $90 million annually. She also cofounded the Reconnecting Youth Campaign, a national advocacy campaign focused on creating one million reconnection pathways for opportunity youth each year. She served as a legislative assistant from 2006-2011 in the office of Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), focusing on furthering legislation to expand healthy food access to low-income residents, the promotion of green-collar jobs, and efforts to re-engage out-of-school youth in education and employment opportunities. She received her Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in social relations and psychology.

Darcy Hirsh
Washington Representative
Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

Darcy Hirsh is the director of government affairs in the Jewish Federations of North America’s Washington, D.C. office. She is also the Washington representative for the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies. Hirsh was most recently the director of Virginia and D.C. government and community relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. In this role, she advocated before local, state, and federal government officials on issues of importance to the Jewish community, including support for social services, maintaining the separation of church and state, and combating anti-Semitism and other forms of bias. Hirsh previously served as the associate director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, D.C. regional office and prior to that, as director of Day School Advocacy at UJA-Federation of New York. She holds a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, an MTA from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA in Religious Studies from Barnard College.