The Public Affairs Council was launched in 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower convened a meeting of corporate executives to encourage them to become more active in their communities and in the political process.
It’s All About Our Members
From Fortune 100 companies to nonprofits, the Council boasts a diverse membership that includes over 750 leading corporations, nonprofits, associations, consultancies and universities. These organizations represent nearly 12,000 individuals working in public affairs.
Count on Our Expertise
The Council’s staff and members have direct experience in corporate and association public affairs management, lobbying, digital advocacy, global public affairs, corporate responsibility and ESG, PACs and campaign finance, crisis communication and a host of related functions. We also retain a political attorney to provide complimentary legal guidance.
Because of the Council’s research role, expertise and reputation for being nonpartisan, its leaders in Washington, D.C., and Brussels are quoted widely in the national and international media. Council President Doug Pinkham is often called upon to addresses business, academic, government and association audiences throughout the world.
Programs & Services
Each year the Council hosts nearly 100 conferences, seminars, webinars, forums and social events.
Our signature conferences include The Advocacy Conference, the Public Affairs Institute, the National PAC Conference, the Government Relations & Policy Conference and the Digital Media & Advocacy Summit. Through our European office in Brussels, the Council provides expertise and programming to European professionals. Annual events such as the European Public Affairs Forum and European Digital Advocacy Summit draw top executives and experts in the region.
Advancing the Profession
In recent years, the Public Affairs Council has become renowned for its seminal research on digital politics, the role of business in society and corporate involvement in social issues.