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Bridge Builders: Empowering Scientists to Inform State Policy Through the Committee Hearing Process

Date March 22, 2024

Time 10am - 12pm


Wood Lawn
191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick 

Workshop and panel will be followed by lunch.


Space is limited. Registration is required.

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Bridge Builders: Empowering Scientists to Inform State Policy Through the Committee Hearing Process

A workshop for scientists, engineers and healthcare professionals on effective committee testimony navigation, communication, and participation as a subject matter expert.

Join us for an engaging panel discussion and workshop on how your expertise can contribute to the evidence-based policymaking during the New Jersey State legislators’ bill discussion and committee meeting processes.
You will learn how to:
Search and track bills that matter to you: Learn effective strategies on how to identify the right time to offer expertise from government affairs experts
Analyze issue environment and form alliances: Insights from a seasoned lobbyist on navigating the topic landscape and amplifying your voice
Communicate effectively: Tips on best practices when communicating with policymakers
Deliver your message with impact: Advice and perspectives from legislative staff and Rutgers scientists on what works in testimonies



Karen Kominsky, Partner at CLB Partners

George J. LeBlanc, Vice President for Government and Fiscal Affairs for Rutgers University


Eugene Lepore, Vice President of State Government Affairs and Policy for Rutgers University

Victoria Levin, Deputy Budget Director and Health Committee Aide for the New Jersey General Assembly Democratic Caucus

Zoë Linder-Baptie, Research Project Manager at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Deborah M. Spitalnik, founding Executive Director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Panel will be followed by small-group expert-led discussions with tips on drafting and submitting a compelling written testimony. This workshop is open to graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and professionals from various backgrounds, including, but not limited to, science, engineering, healthcare, law, social sciences, business, communications, and more.

March 22, 2024, 10AM to 12PM at Wood Lawn, New Brunswick, followed by lunch


Space is limited. Registration is required.