Featured Presentation: Grassroots Activism at the State and Local Level
"Whether it is demanding the repeal of Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act, removal of Wi-Fi in schools, the right to retain analog electric meters, rights for electrosensitive individuals, or other issues, you have the knowledge and clients to organize and educate government officials at the local and state level. This presentation will provide practical information on how to initiate and conduct outreach activities at the grassroots level. Learn how to navigate the local and state government maze based on the specific issue to be addressed. Learn how to develop relationships with city council members and state delegates to further your interests. Not only will your efforts be appreciated by people you have helped, these efforts should garner you more business." Christine Hoch, BA
Christine Hoch is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Safer Wireless (www.centerforsaferwireless.org), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Haymarket, VA and established in June 2009. The organization raises awareness of the reported health effects from wireless products and technology. Ms. Hoch organized the October 2011 Wireless Safety Summit in Washington, DC, sponsored by 29 grassroots organizations throughout the US and Canada. The Summit was the first national conference for grassroots organizations focused on wireless safety.
Ms. Hoch worked for the National Safety Council’s Environmental Health Center for 9 years, where she engaged in education and outreach activities involving environmental health issues such as lead poisoning, radon, pesticides, sun safety and high-level radioactive waste transport.
As Executive Director of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, she raised awareness of autism in the Northern Virginia area. Through advocacy at the state and local level, planning events, and coordinating with other disability groups, she brought more attention, support, and funds to the autism cause. She established the Prince William County Autism Support Group and co-founded the Walk for Autism – Virginia, both of which provide support to families affected by autism in Northern Virginia.
Prior to forming the Center for Safer Wireless, Ms. Hoch was Vice President of Finance at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from American University.