Modern Congress: Modern Advocacy

March 24, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm (Registration and breakfast commences at 8:30am)
Offices of Beekeeper Group
1101 14th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington DC, 20005

In the first months of this new Congress, we’ve seen legislators bombarded with messages from constituents. And what method has gotten the most media attention? Phone calls (delivery device invented 1875). But in 2017, is using 19th century technology really the most effective? Organizations may have a veritable treasure trove of potential advocates and tools to connect them to lawmakers, but if they use what is “easy” to contact Congress, instead of what’s “effective” what impact will it have?

This event will explore what ‘Congress 3.0’ looks like, and how MoCs prefer to be reached. A keynote followed by a panel of Capitol Hill staffers will shed light on the inner workings of Hill offices and effective constituent communications. We will then feature a panel of practitioners who will discuss the most creative ways they’ve engaged Capitol Hill.

Brad FitchPresident and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

James Braid – Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC)

Wilsar Johnson – Digital Director, Office of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)

Caty Borum ChattooDirector, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University 

Michael Lewan Director of Government Relations, The Recording Academy

Mike PanettaPartner, Beekeeper Group