Social media is quickly gaining recognition as an important component of online advocacy, but many do not realize just how versatile and effective the medium can be—particularly in engaging diverse audiences. Aaron Smith will be at CAPAF’s Internet Advocacy Roundtable from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2010 to discuss how to best use social media to engage and mobilize diverse constituencies.


  • Ellie Klerlein, Associate Director, National Campaigns, National Council of La Raza
  • Shireen Mitchell, Executive Director, Digital Sistas
  • Aaron Smith, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project
  • Alan Rosenblatt, Associate Director of Online Advocacy, Center for American Progress Action Fund


  • Erica Williams, Deputy Director for Progress 2050, Center for American Progress

To RSVP or for more information, please visit the event’s website.

Aaron Smith is senior research specialist at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. His primary areas of research with the project include the role of the Internet in the political process, technology in civic life, and online engagement with government. He has also authored research on mobile Internet usage, the role of the Internet in family life, and demographic trends in technology adoption. Aaron has been with the project since the spring of 2007. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs and an undergraduate degree from the Plan II Honors Program, both from the University of Texas at Austin.