Volunteer Lobby Training Agenda


Sierra Club Alabama ChapterConservation Alabama and Alabama Rivers Alliance are excited to join together to host a FREE Volunteer Lobby Training workshop at the Alabama Department of Archives and History building in Montgomery on Saturday, September 9.

Have you ever wanted to talk to your elected officials about issues you care about but don’t know exactly what to say or how to make your voice heard?

This Volunteer Lobby Training workshop will feature how government works (or sometimes doesn’t!) in Alabama, how to talk to your elected officials, and discovering information about important issues for which you can advocate.  In addition to learning the most effective ways to lobby your elected officials, participants will also hear the latest issues briefing on water management policy from Alabama Rivers Alliance and the latest on the Forever Wild bill from Conservation Alabama.

Interested in joining us to learn more about how to actively and effectively advocate for change in Alabama?  Register today to join us!


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JENNIFER HENSLEY started her career with Sierra Club 19 years ago by working as an organizer in Western IL. The goal of the campaign was to inject environmental issues relating to water quality and Confined Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) into the IL17th Congressional race.

In 2001, Jen moved into a position with the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter where she continued running their water programs, but began to add more policy and political work to her portfolio.  As Program Manager for the Illinois Chapter, she built campaigns and engaged in lobbying activities around issues like clean energy, endangered species management and toxics.

In 2014, Jen was named the Director of State Lobbying and Advocacy where she works with Sierra Club staff and volunteers across the country to promote and protect a wide swath of environmental issues in state capitols.

STEFANIE FRANCISCO was raised in Fairhope, AL. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, and her master’s degree in rural sociology from Auburn University, where her research focused on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Stefanie began her career in the national news media, working for PBS, CNN, and Politico. Before joining Conservation Alabama as communications director in 2014, she served as partnership coordinator for Mobile Baykeeper. Stefanie is now based in Montgomery, where she lives with her husband and their daughter, Evangeline.

CINDY LOWRY is the executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance. She joined the staff in 2005 as Watershed Leadership Coordinator and was promoted to Executive Director in 2007.A native of Alabama, Cindy was born and raised in Oneonta, Alabama.  She received her BS degree in Wildlife Science from Auburn University and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  The focus of her masters’ thesis was citizen participation in public policy.  Cindy has more than 15 years of experience in the conservation nonprofit sector. She joined the staff of the Alabama Rivers Alliance in 2005 and was promoted to executive director in 2007.

Cindy has been recognized as a “Wonderful Outstanding Woman” from the Metro Birmingham branch of the NAACP (2012), named one of the “Women Who Shape the State” by al.com (2016) and awarded an Auburn University Alumni Spirit of Sustainability Award (2017).  Cindy currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Alabama Arise and served as a long-time member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Locust Fork River.