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Membership Means

Access to exclusive content staff experts professional networks free webinars event discounts legal advice

Welcome to Your Community

When you become a member of the Public Affairs Council, you are joining a unique community of over 750 leading corporations, nonprofits, associations, consultancies and universities. These organizations represent over 13,000 public affairs professionals worldwide.

Membership at a Glance

Who Benefits?

Our comprehensive programming and services, discounts, and hands-on customer service are available to every employee of a member organization and its subsidiaries.

Your colleagues working in all areas of public affairs—including government affairs, public policy, digital communication, issues management, corporate responsibility—will learn from and network with the best minds in the field.

Most Popular Services

Free, customized public affairs advice from our staff experts and/or a prominent election law attorney.

Unlimited access to Council webinars, including more than 130 on-demand webinar recordings and 20+ new sessions each year.

Online community platform Council Connect for downloading research, sharing best practices, and crowdsourcing ideas.

…And More

New members receive a $200 coupon that can be used for any Council event.

The optional Membership Plus program gives your entire organization access to over 45 Council workshops annually for a flat price.

Curious about who else is a Council member? Check out our Member Directory.

Membership Benefits Built for Your Team

Executive Education

Every year, we produce more than 100 training programs and executive forums on advocacy, digital communication, PACs, global public affairs and a host of other topics. Most of our events now offer virtual participation — and recordings from our popular webinars are also available.

Expertise from Council Staff

No question is too small or too large for our staff experts. Council members can contact our team with all their public affairs inquiries. Experts are also available for customized training and presentations to your employees or members.

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Membership Plus+

Membership Plus+ is an inclusive training option available to all member organizations. This member benefit gives your entire organization access to over 45 Council workshops annually for a flat price of $3,000 in addition to your normal membership dues. Not only would your organization save thousands of dollars in registration fees, your team also will have streamlined access to top-notch professional development opportunities.  

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Free Legal Guidance

Find compliance peace of mind from a prominent election law attorney. Ken Gross of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld can provide legal guidance on: Federal and state campaign finance rules (including PACs), lobbying registration information (including grassroots), ethics laws and other public affairs-related compliance issues.

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Certificate Programs

The Council has certificates designed to prepare you for what’s next. The programs follow rigorous curricula focused on building core knowledge, developing strategic skills and community involvement.

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Industry Research

The Council’s extensive thought leadership library includes the profession’s leading benchmarking data on PACs, corporate public affairs and salaries. Other research focuses on social impact and corporate engagement on social issues, crisis communication, trends in European public affairs and more. The Public Affairs Pulse Survey, an annual public opinion poll, explores public attitudes and expectations for major companies and elected officials.

In-Depth News & Analysis

From the award-winning Impact newsletter that dives deep into issues important to public affairs professionals to The Loop member newsletter to information for network groups, we have the trends and insights you need, right now.

Read News & Articles

Connect and learn from other public affairs professionals about their ideas, challenges and solutions.

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Benchmarking & Consulting

The Council’s strategic consulting and benchmarking services give you the tools to improve your public affairs activities, getting more impact from less time and fewer resources. The Council’s expertise spans strategic planning and measurement, internal and external communication, political action committees, stakeholder engagement, grassroots activation and mobilization and global public affairs.

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Speaking Opportunities

Interested in speaking at one of our workshops, seminars or large gatheringsWe’re always looking for experts and practitioners from member organizations to speak on thought-provoking topics of interest to the public affairs community.

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Leadership Opportunities

Distinguish yourself as an industry leader.

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Get recognized for the important work you do.

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Member Benefits

Membership summed up in under 50 seconds.

"My value from Council membership comes from relationships with thought leaders and top-tier industry experts, as well as the continued advancement of my professional development"

LaToya Lynn PetersonAARP

“My company’s corporate giving strategy, still going gangbusters today, was first seeded at a Council board meeting. I parked myself next to a member, solicited input on my draft plan, accepted two astute points and finalized the proposal, now implemented and succeeding."

Madeline FerraroAtlantic Health

“The Public Affairs Council's brilliant team has been a wealth of information to me, and I know firsthand that they will fulfill every request and surpass every expectation as the most valuable public affairs resource out there and will execute the most intellectually stimulating and powerfully led developmental programs around.”

Donna K. RhudyToyota Motor North America

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Caryn Seligman
Senior Director
202.787.5966 | [email protected]