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Grassroots Activist Workshop

On Sunday April 13, 2014

What you will learn

Grassroots Activist Workshop at NYCR Convention

The Grassroots Activist Workshop teaches you how to get involved and make a difference in your local elections and governance. This training gives you the nuts and bolts tools needed to hold your elected leaders accountable. Attend this class and learn what it takes to make your voice heard.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Drive support for an issue or candidate
  • Organize activists in large or small groups for maximum impact
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Use the media to help advance an issue
  • Build personal leadership skills, abilities and confidence.


Starts Sunday, April 13

Sun. 13 11:00 - 3:00 PM

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Paulo Sibaja

What graduates say

David Chang

David Chang

Hawaii GOP Chairman

"This workshop provides a strong framework for starting your campaign and tightening up your operations. The best candidates don't necessarily win, but the best campaign generally does. LI provided the structure I needed for a well-run campaign."

Ryan Rhodes

Ryan Rhodes

Founder, Iowa Tea Party

"I can't forget who gave me the tools. Keep up the great work at LI. We can't save our country without the Leadership Institute!"

Your faculty

Paulo Sibaja

Paulo Sibaja

Strategic Initiatives Director, Colorado- RNC

@PauloSibaja--for those interested in following him on Twitter-- is the Strategic Initiatives Director, Colorado for the Republican National Comittee. As director, Paulo engages Colorado's Hispanic population in a meaningful and substantive way, shares the Republican Party's message, and builds a bench of future Republican Hispanic leaders.

He also serves as Chairman of Latino NRC, Colorado.

Prior to rejoining the RNC Paulo was the Director of Coalitions for the Leadership Institute (LI), one of the nation's premier organizations responsible for training activists, students, and leaders. With LI, Paulo travels the nation conducting training schools, workshops, and seminars. He strives to promote the Institute's mission to produce a new generation of public policy leaders committed to time-tested policies and values.

Paulo was appointed Chairman for Latino NRC, Virginia. He was responsible for building a grassroots movement within Virginia's Hispanic community as well as taking the conservative message to all modes of communication including Spanish press.

Paulo was Deputy Coalitions Director in Colorado for Mitt Romney for President and State Director of Hispanic Outreach, New Mexico for the Republican National Committee (RNC). His main priority was to connect the candidate and the Republican Party to key demographics, including Hispanics. The RNC referred to Paulo as "a veteran of California 'rough and tumble' politics, working on the California Assembly and various campaigns, including the 2008 Presidential Campaign."

Prior to the RNC, Paulo worked as Legislative Director for Assemblyman Brian Nestande. He served as the legislator's top public policy advocate in the State Capitol and to outside public policy players. Before working for Assemblyman Nestande, Paulo was the Director of Communications and Legislation of Capitol Resource Institute (CRI), a non-profit non-partisan public policy advocacy organization in Sacramento.

Before joining Capitol Resource Institute, Paulo was an Assembly Fellow for Senator Jim Nielsen. In his capacity, Paulo staffed several public policy bills and resolutions. The Governor signed two of those policy bills; they were AB 2530, responsible for saving the Williamson Act, and AB 1644 California's landmark Veterans Remains bill.

Paulo has been quoted in the LA Times, Washington Post, by the Associated Press, and others. He was published in the Orange County Register, and he has been interviewed by publications, including Latin American news outlets, about his experience at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

He has also worked as a substitute teacher and for a financial institution prior to and in the midst of the financial meltdown. There he learned valuable lessons while developing first hand economic and financial experience.

Paulo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. He was born in Costa Rica.