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Member CEO Forum | Federal and State Policy Briefing

Presenting the third in our CEO Forum series, exclusively for chief executives of GCN member nonprofits. This program, developed with the guidance of a committee of member leaders, is designed to provide a series of unique opportunities each year for organizational leaders to engage in critical conversations about topics that highly impact their work. Our goal is a lively exchange of insights and experience with peers and experts.

On April 25, hear the latest update on federal and state policy from the experts. 

Federal and state policy are quickly evolving and we have a set of experts who closely follow policy to update us on what is happening in D.C. and at the Georgia Capitol. Join us for their presentations and a lively discussion on where policy is heading, and how it will impact our sector, our services and clients, and our funding.

We’ll hear from Sharon Parrott, Senior Fellow and Senior Counselor
at the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, on federal policy.

CBPP is a D.C.-based nonpartisan research and policy institute that pursues federal and state policies designed both to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways. They apply their expertise in budget and tax issues and in programs and policies that help low-income people to help inform debates and achieve better policy outcomes. Their two federal policy experts will be presenting from D.C. on block grants, the budget, tax policy proposals, and health care. Learn more at http://www.cbpp.org/

Jennifer Owens, Deputy Director of the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute 
will provide a briefing on state policy.

The Legislature just ended their 2017 session and GBPI will provide us a recap and provide some insight into what to expect next year from the Georgia Legislature.  Education, tax policy, health care, and the earned income tax credit are on their agenda and they will provide more information on what Georgia is considering.  GBPI is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit providing research and education on Georgia’s fiscal and economic outlook. They examine budget and tax policies, and provide education to inspire informed debate and responsible decision-making to advance our vision of a state in which economic opportunity and well-being are shared among all. Learn more at www.gbpi.org.


About our Presenters

Jennifer Owens
Deputy Director
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute

Jennifer leads GPBI's external affairs and fund development, as well as the strategy and management of major projects and events. Jennifer has 14 years of Georgia-based experience in public policy advocacy and community outreach, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications and fundraising. Prior professional roles include development and policy advocacy director for Georgia Organics, and former executive director of The League of Women Voters of Georgia. In 2012, Jennifer was the recipient of The Georgia Conservancy’s Longleaf Award for Excellence in Environmental Advocacy. Jennifer was also honored in 2007 as one of the youngest recipients ever recognized as a recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40.”

Sharon Parrott
Senior Fellow and Senior Counselor
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 

Sharon brings to the Center’s leadership team deep expertise in poverty and economic opportunity as well as the federal budget and low-income programs and will help advance the Center’s priorities across a range of policy areas. Parrott rejoined the Center in 2017 after serving for two years as Associate Director for the Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor (EIML) Division at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB she had budget and oversight responsibilities for the Departments of Labor and Education, the Social Security Administration, the human services programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, and the nutrition programs at the Department of Agriculture. As Associate Director, Parrott helped design budget and policy proposals, craft regulations, implement programs, and address management and budget challenges in these agencies. Parrott previously worked at Center as Vice President for Budget Policy and Economic Opportunity; served as Secretary Sebelius’ Counselor for Human Services Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from August 2009 until November 2012. At HHS, Parrott was a lead advisor on human services issues, including programs for low-income families and children, children who have been maltreated or are at risk of abuse, seniors and people with disabilities. Her work included a broad range of efforts, including early education, TANF, child support enforcement, child welfare, teen pregnancy prevention, community supports for seniors and people with disabilities, and the intersection of health reform and human services issues.


Program Stats:


Tuesday, April 25, 2017


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


The Jewish Federation
of Greater Atlanta
1440 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Program Agenda

Registration & Networking
9:30 – 10 am

10 am – 12 pm


Registration Details

This event is complimentary and exclusively for CEOs and executive directors of GCN member nonprofits.

If you need assistance with logging in and registering for this event, please call our GCN membership team at 678-916-3080.