Virtual Workshop: In-District Political Engagement: Facilities, Site Visits and More

14 Dec, 2022

April 27, 2023
1:30 p.m.−3:45 p.m. ET

The most sophisticated political programs use many tactics to build relationships with legislators and achieve sustained success. In-district political activities such as site visits, facility tours and local fundraisers are an important component of a long-term advocate engagement strategy. They offer a unique way to engage and educate legislators as well as energize PAC contributors and advocates. Join us to hear strategies to launch or elevate your in-district PAC and grassroots activities.

This program is eligible for 2 credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management , 2 credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying, and 2 credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.


1:30 p.m.     Building an In-District Advocacy Plan

The best political engagement programs use varying tactics to build relationships with legislators and achieve sustained success. When considering site visits, town halls, office meetings, forums and more, knowing how these tactics can work in concert is critical. Our speakers from top organizations will share key elements of their strategies, including:

  • How best-in-class programs integrate district-level grassroots and PAC activities into their broader advocacy strategy
  • Creative ways to engage your advocate community and leadership in your efforts while building excitement and momentum within your organization
  • Ways to keep your program growing and how to address new challenges and priorities
Jessica Hamilton

Jessica Hamilton
Manager, Government Relations & Political Engagement


Ashley Cravens
Assistant Director of Political Engagement
Illinois Farm Bureau

Allie Speer

Allie Speer
Assistant Director of Policy Development & Advocacy
Illinois Farm Bureau

2:30 p.m.     Break

2:45 p.m.     Site Visits, Facility Tours and More: A Checklist for Effectiveness

Whether it’s a site visit, facility tour, or simply delivering a PAC check at a local fundraiser, these advocacy efforts are the cornerstone of most in-district strategies. They offer a unique way to engage and educate legislators as well as energize advocates. But how do you make them stand out? We’ll cover:

  • The logistics checklist — invitations, scheduling, planning and training
  • How to prepare local leaders to execute a successful and informative visit
  • Ways to include the PAC, lobbyists, local business leaders and members in your plans while clearly defining their role
  • Ideas for leveraging your advocates’ stories in future communications, social media and recruitment efforts
Ted Burnes

Ted Burnes
Senior Director, Political Affairs & RADPAC
American College Of Radiology


Anna Platt
Senior Manager, Government Relations
Public Affairs Council

3:45 p.m.     Adjourn


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Additional discounts may apply to this meeting. These discounts may include:

For multiple registrants: A discount will apply to the standard member/non-member rate for organizations that register two or more participants for the same meeting. The first registrant will pay full price, the second participant will receive a 10% discount and each additional registrant will receive a 15% discount. To register multiple participants, you may either register online or download the print and fax registration form.

Member discounts: Discounts for members are applied to all Public Affairs Council meetings.

Non-members: Join the Council today, and save by registering at the member rate and using the $200 new-member coupon you will receive. Contact our membership team for information about joining the Council.

Questions? Contact us at 202.787.5950.


Kristin Brackemyre
Senior Director, Public Affairs Practice
202-787-5969 | email