Annual Conferences

08 Dec, 2016

Each year, the Council’s marquee conferences bring together the brightest minds in public affairs for in-depth analysis, benchmarking, practical case study review and networking within the public affairs community.

The Advocacy Conference
Held in winter in Florida
As the next step in the evolution of the Grassroots Conference, this three-day conference examines best practices in grassroots, communications and engagement strategy for advocacy. The event brings together top practitioners and experts to discuss emerging issues in advocacy and innovative campaign tactics to advance policy priorities.

Digital Media and Advocacy Summit
Held in summer in the Washington, D.C., area
Digital communications and advocacy experts from the corporate and nonprofit sectors share emerging trends and case studies about integrating online advocacy into grassroots and policy campaigns.

National PAC Conference
Held in winter in Florida
As the country’s leading program designed specifically around the needs of political action committee (PAC) professionals, this three-day event combines essential skills training with cutting-edge sessions on fundraising, political strategy, communications and compliance topics important to advancing any political program.

Public Affairs Institute
Held in January in California
This weeklong event is the Council’s flagship educational and career-building program for senior-level public affairs professionals. The Institute brings together world-class faculty and top public affairs practitioners to discuss emerging political, economic, social and technological issues through a rigorous, innovative curriculum.

 Public Affairs Management Seminar
Held in summer in Washington, D.C.
This intensive two-day seminar provides best practices for each public affairs functions and offers practical strategies for managing an integrated public affairs department.

Spring Executive Meeting & Annual Membership Dinner
Held in spring in Washington, D.C.
More than 100 senior executives from leading companies and associations meet for high-level discussions about with changes to and emerging issues in the public affairs profession.

State and Local Government Relations Conference
Held in fall in the Washington, D.C. area
Participants in this two-day program explore emerging trends in state and local government relations and have ample opportunity to network with — and learn from — their peers.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities
Public affairs professionals who attend the Council’s conferences influence purchasing decisions at the nation’s largest corporations, associations and nonprofit advocacy organizations. To learn more about the opportunities available at each event, consult each conference’s webpage or contact Kristin Hanley at

Members receive substantial discounts on registrations for all conferences and programs. To learn about the benefits of Council membership, email