Virtual Workshop: PAC Management Bootcamp

10 Mar, 2021

October 5, 2021
9:00 am - 12:15 pm ET

Whether you are new to PACs, revamping your program or brushing up your skills, this workshop is for you. Take a deep dive on organizing and managing all functions of your PAC. Learn from experts the strategies and best practices for building a sophisticated and high-functioning PAC on an upward growth trajectory.


9 am             Module 1: The Essentials: PAC Governance, Bylaws and Board Structure

Now is the time to invest your efforts in developing or improving your PAC’s governance and management strategy.  Strong governance is essential for stability and structure, especially amid conflict or a changing political and organizational environment. This module will cover ways to create a management plan with clearly defined roles and responsibilities to maximize your time as well as strategies for creating a diverse and involved PAC board.

Learning objectives:

  • How to create an action-oriented plan to reach your PAC goals
  • How to divide tasks effectively regardless of staff size or consultant involvement
  • Board structures, objectives and communications
  • Creating all-encompassing bylaws as well as a process for amending them if needed
Tori Ellington

Tori Ellington
Manager, PAC and Grassroots
Public Affairs Council

10 am              Break

10:15 am         Module 2: Education and Solicitation Strategies

Keep the education going for your restricted class! New hires might not be as knowledgeable on the value of the PAC, and seasoned members may have questions or concerns that you can address. This education process sets the stage for effective solicitation campaigns.

Learning objectives include:

  • How to capture the attention of eligibles
  • The important PAC questions to address in education campaigns
  • Effective solicitation strategies, including targeting, use of virtual and in-person events and incentives that work
  • Strategies for long-term engagement

Kristin Brackemyre
Director, PAC and Government Relations
Public Affairs Council

11 am                   Break

11:15 am             Module 3: PAC Disbursement Best Practices

A disbursement plan is essential to guide your contribution strategy and prepare for contributions that may face scrutiny. This third and final module will deliver a comprehensive overview of effective PAC disbursement and candidate support strategies.

Learning objectives for this module include:

  • How to create a PAC contribution criteria framework
  • Tips and tricks for thoroughly evaluating candidates
  • Leveraging the PAC to build relationships as a key element of your overall advocacy plan

Erik Koeppen 
Assistant Director, Policy and Government Affairs
American Nurses Association


Ellie A. Shaw
Director, Federal Government Affairs
American Express Company

12:15pm               Adjourn

This program is eligible for 3 PAC credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management.

Event Location

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This program will be hosted on a secure virtual platform. 

*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: $369
  • Non-Members: $499

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.

Tori Ellington

Victoria Ellington
Senior Manager, Political Engagement
202.787.5975 | email