Advocacy is one of the most important tools that nonprofits and foundation can use to create lasting change in the communities they serve. We know it can be confusing, intimidating and even discouraging at times. That’s why we’re here to help.

Our team of expert coaches is here to guide you and your organization through the intricacies of advocacy, to help you understand what’s allowable under the law, to build confidence, and to give you the tools you need to conduct effective advocacy.

Meet our advocacy team.

Sue Hoechstetter

Sue grew up in Pittsburgh and made her way to Washington to work on a presidential campaign.

Abby Levine

Before going off to college, Abby lived in five states and Canada – the perfect preparation for all her travel to conduct trainings across the country.

Sara Matlin

Sara graduated with a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and a B.A. from Stanford University. She is the chair of the ACLU of Northern California – North Peninsula Chapter and a founder of the San Mateo County Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Sara began her career in policy change advocacy in 1988. She’s excited to use her community organizing and training experience, along with her Spanish/English bilingualism, to broaden the advocacy work of social justice organizations in California and across the country.

Keely Monroe

Keely Monroe serves as Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Initiative at Alliance for Justice. She consults with and trains nonprofit organizations on the rules and strategies for legal and effective advocacy, including lobbying, election-related activity, and ballot measure advocacy.

Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort

Natalie Roetzel serves as the Director of AFJ’s Texas office. She previously helped to create and run the Innocence Project of Texas, a non-profit organization dedicated to freeing those wrongfully convicted of crimes in the state.

Ronnie Pawelko

Ronnie Pawelko is Elections Counsel for Alliance for Justice. Before joining AFJ, Ronnie was General Counsel at Family Planning Advocates of New York State where she focused on reproductive health care policy and worked with New York’s Planned Parenthood affiliates to ensure their advocacy and political activities were conducted in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. She also served as Treasurer for the Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York PAC and the Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York Political Committee. Previously, Ronnie served as Health and Human Services Team Counsel for the New York State Senate and as staff attorney for the MergerWatch Project.

Nikhil Pillai

Nikhil received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and B.S. from the Ohio State University. Before joining AFJ, Nikhil was Associate Counsel at Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL CIO. In that role he was responsible for drafting and negotiating operational agreements, advising staff on prospective legal concerns, and ensuring compliance with campaign finance and lobbying laws. Prior to that, he was a law fellow at AARP.

Nona Randois

Nona is the face of Bolder Advocacy in So Cal. She provides live and web-based trainings for nonprofit advocates and foundations to ensure that they have the knowledge they need to become confident advocates and the resources and tools to help them navigate complex advocacy rules.

Shyaam Subramanian

In his free time, Shyaam loves to travel, watch basketball, and try different foods, (on occasion) experimenting with cooking. To keep his creative/musical side alive, Shyaam is currently taking classical guitar lessons and hopes to one day passably play a full song.