Social Media and Advocacy

For those in the advocacy business, managing the very rapid transformation of media has become one of this challenging and volatile era's greatest challenges. So much is changing at once - the rise of the internet, the growing power of mobile and apps, the emergence of not just new but social media, and the relative decline of 20th century media including newspapers, radio and television. The sheer power of this new media is empowering activists around the world, and here at home, but like anything changing with great velocity also offers leaders some very real difficulties to be managed.

To reflect on these changes, and to help our community plan for how people are communicating today, and tomorrow, we will be hosting a series of events in the months ahead.  Our very fist one will be Tuesday, November 15th, and it will be a terrific one.  Simon will moderate a discussion with very able representatives from three of the most powerful actors in this new world - Twitter, Facebook and Google.  

Space is limited for this event and RSVPs will be honored on a first come, first served basis - so RSVP today.

The details:

Social Media and Advocacy with
Adam Conner of Facebook
Adam Sharp of Twitter and
Andrew Roos of Google

Tuesday November 15th, Noon
NDN, 729 15th Street, 1st Floor.   NDN is between H and New York Avenues, on the east side of the street.

More bio information is below.

Adam Conner:

Adam Conner is the Associate Manager for Public Policy in Facebook's Washington DC office, where he focuses on government and political outreach and directed the company's election efforts in 2008, 2010 and 2012.  In 2009 Politics Magazine named him one of their "Rising Stars," in 2010 MSNBC named him to the BLTWY Power List: 35 people under 35 who changed DC in 2010, and in 2011 the Diplomatic Courier named him one of the "Top 99 Most Influential International Professionals Under 33."  Prior to opening Facebook's Washington DC office, Adam was the Director of Online Communications for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Chairwoman of the Rules Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He previously served as the Deputy Director of Online Communications for Forward Together, the presidential exploratory committee for former Virginia Governor Mark Warner.  Adam holds a bachelor's degree in political communication from the George Washington University and hails from Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Adam Sharp:

As Manager, Government and Politics, for Twitter, Adam Sharp works with government officials, agencies and candidates to make better use of Twitter's real time information network for civic engagement.  Called "the human embodiment of Twitter" by the New York Times, Sharp was named one of Washingtonian magazine's "People to Watch" in its 2011 "Tech Titans" listing.  He previously led digital efforts at C-SPAN and NBC News and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), working with her through Hurricane Katrina and her 2008 reelection campaign.

Andrew Roos:

Andrew Roos is the Account Executive for Elections and Issue Advocacy team at Google, where he works with campaigns and political organizations around the country to maximize the impact of their advertising dollars. Prior to joining Google, Roos accumulated over a decade of experience working on political campaigns around the country ranging from local candidates to a presidential race. With a strong background in grassroots organizing he has been the campaign manager on six campaigns, ranging from very small to multi-million dollar budgets.   He has worked on six gubernatorial races, managing four of them, and been involved in a number of tough primary battles. Notably, he was the Campaign Manager for former Democratic Governors Association Chair Jack Markell’s upset win in Delaware in 2008. Roos has BA from the University of Notre Dame, and attended graduate school at Brown University in the Department of Philosophy.


Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 7:00am


729-15th st
Washington, DC 20010
United States