Virtual Workshop: PAC Governance: Boards, Bylaws and Contribution Criteria

15 Apr, 2020

December 8, 2020
1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET

Developing an effective governance structure for your PAC is more important than ever. Engaged PAC boards comprised of individuals passionate about the PAC, strong bylaws that guide your activities as well as contribution criteria fostering equity and inclusion are essentials that will strengthen your organization’s political programs for years to come.

This program is eligible for 2 PAC credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 2 core credits to the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 2 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.


1:30 p.m.       PAC Governance Fundamentals: Boards and Bylaws

A strong governance structure sets your program up for success, helps demonstrate transparency and builds trust in your political involvement efforts. We’ll start the afternoon by discussing best practices for managing a PAC board as well as what to include in bylaws, policies and procedures or other governance materials. In this session, we’ll explore:

  • The purpose of PAC bylaws, including reviewing bylaws to ensure they provide both an effective governance structure and contribution criteria that will guide your PAC’s disbursement strategy
  • Considerations for managing a successful PAC committee, such as the ideal board size, recruiting board members and creating formal roles

Wendy Thomas
Manager, Advocacy & HOSPAC
Texas Hospital Association

2:30 p.m.       Break

2:45 p.m.       Evaluating PAC Contribution Criteria

Organizations increasingly understand the importance of developing PAC contribution criteria that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion in PAC contributions and political involvement more broadly. In a year of activism, this session will explore how corporate and association PACs are reevaluating their contribution criteria to promote inclusivity, greater transparency and organizational values. A panel of speakers will discuss strategies for updating contribution criteria to provide greater consideration of equity and inclusion, social justice and corporate values.


Chris Ashby
Ashby Law

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Micaela Isler
Executive Director

Ellie Shaw
Director, Federal Government Affairs
American Express Company

3:45p.m.    Adjourn

Event Location

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Public Affairs Council
2121 K Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202.787.5950

*Participants joining the program virtually will receive an email one week beforehand with instructions for logging on to our web-based platform. On the platform, they will be able to listen and participate through any computer or internet-enabled device, see a video of the speakers, and ask questions and participate in the discussion via a chat box.


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Register Online

  • Members: $289
  • Non-Members: $399

Can’t attend live? All registrants will receive access to the workshop recording for 14 days following an event.

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
Director of PAC and Government Relations
202-787-5969 | email