Thursday  |  March 14, 2013  |  6:30 – 7:30 pm  |  1 CEU

SmithGroupJJR | 901 K Street NW, Suite 400  |  Reception to follow, sponsored by Haworth

From pro bono to community outreach, architects and designers must take lead on policy making to effectively make a difference. By providing architectural expertise, designers can influence land use development, zoning, sustainable growth and building practices. Social change begins at the grassroots level; joining local/regional boards will bring a designer’s perspective to the legislative table. Attendees will be able to look beyond design and take advantage of living/working in the Nation’s Capitol.


  1. Identify why we need more women in office, the challenges women face when running, and how to level the playing field.
  2. Identify how building and advocating go hand-in-hand
  3. Identify the synergies between community outreach, citizen organizations and architecture services.
  4. Identify the importance of increasing the visibility and presence of the profession at the national level and ensure that Congress hears what we have to say.



Katherine Williams | RA, LEED AP, NOMA

Katherine is a licensed architect in Virginia. She was formerly a Project Manager and Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation. She has served in numerous positions including the AIA Housing Knowledge Community advisory group,  National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) magazine editor, and on several non-profit boards. Katherine graduated from Howard University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She is a mom to one daughter and writes about community design online at katherinerw.com


Amanda Stratton  |  Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach, AIA National

Amanda is responsible for advancing the Institute’s goals by implementing comprehensive political and civic outreach initiatives and year-round advocacy programming, including the AIA’s advocacy communication strategies, grassroots mobilization and member engagement. Before joining the AIA, Amanda served as the Government Relations Coordinator at JDRF in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Amanda has worked at Chrysler LLC as Legislative Assistant. Amanda attended George Mason University where she earned a BA in Government & International Politics.

Wendy Perez Young  |  Manager, Political Action Committee & Compliance, AIA National

Wendy is responsible for the development and management of ArchiPAC (the AIA’s federal political action committee), PAC donor retention and recognition strategies, PAC and federal lobbying compliance, peer to peer network building, political fundraising, and data management. In addition, Wendy serves as liaison and advisor to AIA state components on state PAC fundraising and strategy.  Before joining the AIA, Wendy was the Executive Director of Political Affairs at the American Trucking Associations. Prior to that, she worked at the National Association of Home Builders as PAC Finance Manager and as Fundraising Assistant for Hillary Rodham Clinton For US Senate. Wendy attended Georgetown University where she earned a B.A. in Government & English.


Carolyn Sponza  |  AIA, LEED AP

Carolyn is a Senior Master Planner at Gensler, chair of the AIA|DC Advocacy Committee and a member of AIA|DC’s Board of Directors. Carolyn’s experiences as an architect and planner has given her to the opportunity to work and live in a number of cities, a perspective that has made her acutely aware of how advocacy and community outreach can be deployed differently, depending on location. Over the past year, she has led AIA|DC’s advocacy committee in conducting a series of workshops and public programs focused on community involvement. Carolyn is a graduate of Catholic University’s architecture program. She also holds a Master’s degree in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Clare Bresnahan | Programs Director, She Should Run

Clare oversees the operations, marketing, and outreach for She Should Run programs, including national and local partnerships. She also manages the WCF PAC endorsement application process and WCF’s premier Fellowship Program. She comes to WCF/SSR from the Girl Scouts of the USA, where she served as the Public Policy and Advocacy Associate for their government relations office. Clare led GSUSA’s legislative and public affairs strategies for promoting healthy media images and oversaw grassroots and national partnerships elevating Girl Scouts’ advocacy efforts. Clare graduated from American University with B.A. in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government (C.L.E.G.), and is a graduate of the American University Women and Politics Institute’s WeLEAD bipartisan leadership training program.



Special Guest| Architecture for Humanity Washington, DC Chapter

AfH DC is a local independent chapter of Architecture for Humanity. We are designers and advocates who work pro-bono for communities in need.  We welcome any and all contributions, whether they are time, expertise, or financial donations.  If you’re interested in finding out more and getting involved, please visit us online at www.afh-dc.org


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