About the Briefing

This November, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate, and 36 governorships are up for election.

The results of this year’s elections will determine control of Congress and set the stage for the second half of President Biden’s term of office. Races at the state and local level will also have significant impacts on the concentration of political power across the states and new laws targeting abortion, guns, voting rights, and election infrastructure. Understanding what issues and narratives drove voters and assessing the new policy and funding environment will be critical as we build compelling and successful agendas to advance racial and economic equity and an inclusive democracy.

Join us for a post-election briefing for funders with interactive sessions on:

  • What issues and narratives motivated voters;
  • How election outcomes will impact opportunities and challenges facing families, workers, and communities across the nation; and 
  • What the results mean for our work as funders in the short and long-term.


This event will be at The Madison Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of downtown DC just blocks from the White House.

The Madison is preserved in the duality between the gravitas of its namesake, the 4th President of the United States, James Madison, lightened with a dash of the First Lady Dolley’s wit, energy, and levity.

The Madison draws visitors, families, and locals alike for meals and meetings, overnights and nightcaps, seeing the city and governing the country.

The Madison is a Local 25 union hotel and recognized by Unite Here as a FairHotel. By choosing a union hotel, we are supporting sustainable jobs in the hospitality industry where workers have access to fair wages, quality healthcare, retirement benefits, protection against harassment and discrimination at work, and a means to achieve empowerment on the job.

The Madison is located at 1177 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Hotel Room Block

Attendees are responsible for making hotel reservations.

We reserved a small block of rooms at The Madison Hotel for a special group rate of $225.00 per night plus applicable taxes. Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. To receive the special group rate, you must make your reservation no later than Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

Please call the hotel directly at (202) 862-1600 and identify yourself as an Economic Opportunity Funders attendee or click the link below to make your room reservation.

Schedule at a Glance

November 30, 2022
December 1, 2022
8:30-9:00 AM Breakfast + Registration

Welcome and Opening Performance

We will kick off the meeting with a performance by Charity Blackwell, a spoken word artist, host, emcee and poetry specialist who has spent several years contributing to the arts scene in DC and across national platforms.

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Why We Are Here and Who's in the Room

It’s been more than two years since we have been able to meet in person as a network. We’ll spend some time reconnecting as a community of funders and getting to know one another.

  • Cassandra McKee, Senior Program Officer, Economic Justice, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund and EOF Steering Committee Member

9:30 – 10:15 AM

Table Discussions: Reflections and Aspirations

Working in small groups, participants will reflect on the opening performance and share one opportunity or hope for their work ahead.

10:15 – 10:45 AM

10:45 -11:00 AM Break

Unpacking the 2022 Elections

A panel of experts will explore what the recent elections tell us about political participation, dialogue on the direction of the country, and the future of
social and economic policy. 

  • Avenel Joseph, Vice President, Policy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (moderator)
  • Carroll Doherty, Director, Political Research, Pew Research Center
  • Dorian Warren, Co-President, Community Change and co-chair, Economic Security Project

11:00 – 12:00 PM

Table Discussions: Reflections and Reactions

Participants will have time to reflect on the previous session and share what stood out or resonated with them or a question that it raised.

12:00 -12:30 PM

12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch

Protecting and Advancing a Policy Agenda for Low Income Families, Workers, and Communities

In what policy areas can philanthropy make a difference today? A panel of experts will reflect on the outcomes of the elections and what they suggest in terms of opportunities and challenges at both the federal and state level.

  • Marcela Montes, Program Officer, Family Economic Security, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (moderator)
  • Emmanuel Caicedo, State Campaigns Director, The Center for Popular Democracy 
  • Indivar Dutta-Gupta, President & Executive Director, The Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Jocelyn Frye, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Samuel Hammond, Director of Social Policy, Niskanen Center

1:30 – 3:00 PM

3:00 -3:30 PM Break

What the Election Outcomes Mean for Our Work as Funders

Foundations play an important role in informing the public debate, stimulating innovation, and supporting research and evaluation of policies and programs. Given the opportunities and challenges before us, how do we, as funders, need to show up in this moment? Participants will share key take-a-ways and consider next steps.

Lisa McGill, Founder, LM Strategies Consulting and Managing Director, Kemp Whitfield, Inc. (Facilitator)

3:30 – 5:00 PM

5:00 PM Adjourn


Health + Safety

Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF) is committed to ensuring the safety of our members and guests and will comply with all national and local protocols.

Proof of Vaccination

EOF will follow CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and require proof of vaccination, including one booster. All conference attendees –  including funders, speakers, consultants, and EOF staff – will be required to submit proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination when they register. Exemptions may be made for health or religious reasons, but may require additional safety measures. If you wish to request a vaccination exemption, please email csiegel@eofnetwork.org.


While masks are not required at the convening, they are encouraged if it helps your comfort level.

Personal Space Indicator

All attendees will be provided with a color coded indicator to reflect their comfort level with regard to personal space:

  • Green: no limits
  • Yellow: no hugs – handshake ok
  • Orange: no handshakes – fistbumps or elbow greetings
  • Red: no physical greeting

No person may participate in the conference if they become ill or exhibit any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during the convening. EOF reserves the right to refuse entry to any participant who exhibits any symptoms of illness or who refuses to present any required documentation.

All COVID protocols are subject to change depending on local COVID rates and CDC guidelines. This may include requiring masks indoors except when eating or presenting and attesting to a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival. We will notify all participants of any changes and expect full compliance with requirements.

Registration has Closed.

For more information about this event, contact csiegel@eofnetwork.org.

Who is Eligible to Attend:

This program is for funders and philanthropic advisors whose primary activity is grantmaking. Staff from philanthropic serving organizations are also eligible to join.

Thank You!

Many thanks to the EOF Steering Committee and our Planning Committee for their time and leadership in shaping this event!

Planning Committee

  • Elizabeth DiLauro, Senior Policy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Courtney Lundquist, Program Officer, Economic Justice Program, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Marcela Montes, Program Officer, Family Economic Security, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

EOF Steering Committee

  • Anna Wadia, Executive Director, Care for All with Respect and Equity (CARE) Fund
  • Cassandra McKee, Senior Program Officer, Economic Justice, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Erin Currier, Senior Program Officer, Family Economic Security, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Kit Judge, Associate Director, Policy Reform & Advocacy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Livia Lam, Program Officer, Future of Work(ers), Ford Foundation
  • Ria Pugeda, Interim President & CEO, if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility
  • Stephanie Davison, Senior Program Officer, Human Services, The Kresge Foundation