Connect With Us Locally

Make The Most of Your State

The CARE Action Network is a strong force for change. We represent every state in the country and together we lend our voices to the movement to end extreme poverty and empower women and girls.

Meet Our Team

Katie Kraft, Regional Advocacy CoordinatorKatie Kraft, Regional Advocacy Coordinator for the Midwest

Katie, based in St, Paul, MN, comes to CARE from
The United Methodist Church's General Board of
Church and Society where she led efforts to organize a team of faith-based advocates to build support for international family planning programs in local communities and on Capitol Hill. Prior to The United Methodist Church, she worked for the Patient Access Network Foundation and the D.C. Women's Agenda.

Jonathan Young, Regional Advocacy CoordinatorJonathan Young, Regional Advocacy Coordinator for the West

Jonathan, based in Seattle, WA, comes to CARE from the ONE Campaign where he led efforts to engage and mobilize advocates in the Northwest part of the country. Prior to joining ONE, he worked for a variety of nonprofits including the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the Experience Music Project.

Savannah Fox, Regional Advocacy CoordinatorSavannah Fox, Regional Advocacy Coordinator for the Northeast

Savannah, based in Washington, D.C., comes to CARE from 10 years at Amnesty International USA. Savannah served as the 2017 Human Right Fellow for the Young Professionals In Foreign Policy and is currently serves on the Executive Board of the New Leaders Council in Washington, D.C. 

Whitney Griggs, Regional Advocacy CoordinatorWhitney Griggs, Regional Advocacy Coordinator for the Southeast

Whitney, based in Atlanta, GA, previously managed grassroots strategies and implementation plans for various healthcare issue campaigns for local non-profits. 

What We Do

CARE is seen as a credible voice on Capitol Hill because our messages are grounded in our experience and in field-based evidence developed over many decades. Yet, time and again, members of Congress and their staff emphasize the importance of hearing directly from their constituents.

In 1998, CARE began to explore ways to establish a volunteer network of advocates who – when educated and mobilized – could elevate CARE’s voice and help deliver these messages to policymakers. Today, CARE’s efforts to create a citizen advocacy voice have grown into the CARE Action Network (CAN), which consists of more than 270,000 advocates across the U.S.

The CARE Action Network (CAN) provides people who are concerned about global poverty with unique opportunities to voice their concerns, speak out on behalf of the global poor and mobilize citizens to take action. As a CARE Action Network constituent, you will be asked to help CARE educate key policy makers about legislative issues that address global poverty.

How You Fit In

No matter your comfort or experience level, there is a place for you at CARE Action to
make a difference globally. And, we're here to help every step of the way
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A key component of CAN’s strategy is the implementation of a volunteer structure, known as State and District Chairs. These lead volunteers work closely with the Citizen Advocacy team to grow a network of supporters in each target state/district, organize at least one in-district meeting with their legislator per year, mobilize a network of supporters in honor of CARE’s annual National Day of Action, submit media pieces over traditional and social media and commit to attending the CARE National Conference and/or recruiting constituents to attend from their state/district.

Working With Your Regional Advocacy Coordinator

The CAN team is currently comprised of a Deputy Director and four Regional Advocacy Coordinators (RACs) based in across the country.

You’ll work closely with one of CARE’s Regional Advocacy Coordinators to develop ideas and opportunities for growing your local base of support and influencing your members of Congress on key policy issues. Your Regional Advocacy Coordinator serves as your direct line to information on what is happening in Washington, D.C. and supports you to:

  • Organize local events,
  • Recruit new advocates,
  • Conduct in-district meetings,
  • Submit pieces to your local media, and
  • Participate in national CARE events such as the CARE National Conference and CARE’s National Day of Action.