University of California
WCMER Policy Workshop and NUEL Meeting

WCMER Policy Workshop Agenda

Extension as Urban Policy Advisors Workshop

December 1-2, 2015 

UC Policy Center, 1130 K Street, Suite LL22, Sacramento, CA  95814

Desired Outcomes:

We hope that by the end of this workshop you will:

  • Understand the relevant role of extension professionals to influence policy
  • Increase your understanding of how government systems are organized and how policy is made at the local, regional and state levels
  • Gain a deeper understanding of what and how “policy tools” inform policy makers
  •  Learn about the relationship between programs and policy and how policy impacts system change
  • Network with colleagues who share your interest in working at the policy level

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Topic and presenters

8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast in Room B


Welcome and overview

Brad Gaolach, Associate Professor, Community & Economic Development, Washington State University Extension; Director, Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research

Bill Frost, Associate Vice President, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Why does policy matter, especially in metropolitan communities?

Rob MacDaniel, Program Director, Community Development at Washington State University Extension


Extension as policy advisors: Learning from your colleagues

“Learning the path to engaging policymakers: grabbing the golden ring”

Gail Feenstra, Deputy Director, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources




“2 steps forward and 1 step back: Evaluating the FDAs Egg Safety Rule”

Maurice Pitesky, UC ANR CE Specialist, Dept. of Population Health and Reproduction, Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis



Small group dialogue

12:15 p.m.




What is the role of metropolitan Extension in regards to policy?

Bill Frost, Associate Vice President, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Fred Schlutt, Vice Provost, Extension and Outreach and Director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service

Lou Swanson, Vice President for Engagement and Director of Colorado State University, Extension


Navigating the landscape of government

Alf Brandt, Legislative Director, Office of California Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood


Deploying the most appropriate tools to inform policy

 Nina Ichikawa, Policy Director, Berkeley Food Institute


Life of a policy brief

 Mindy Romero, Director, California Civic Engagement Project, Center for Regional Change, University of California, Davis


Closing remarks

Brad Gaolach, Director, Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research (WCMER)


Transition out of Room

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Walking Tour of the California State Capitol (optional)



December 2, 2015


8:45 a.m.

Breakfast  in room B



9:00 a.m.

Welcome and overview

Brad Gaolach, Director, WCMER


9:30 a.m.

Using science as evidence in public policy: Case studies

Tina Cannon-Leahy, Principal Consultant, California State Assembly, Committee on Water Parks and Wildlife

Dr. Amber Mace, Deputy Director, California Council on Science and Technology


10:45 a.m.

Real life extension examples, a facilitated conversation

Brad Gaolach, Director, WCMER


11:45 a.m.

Closing summary, evaluation and adjourn

Brad Gaolach, Director, WCMER


12:00 p.m.




1:00-4:45 p.m.

Optional: Applied policy Workshop

Clare Gupta, UC ANR CE Specialist, Dept. of Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis



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