Member Benefits Overview

11 Dec, 2012


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Member Benefits

Our job is to help you do your job better! Take advantage of unparalleled expertise, education programs and access to the premier community of public affairs professionals.

New! Council Connect

The Council’s latest member service gives you access to peer communities and our extensive library of sample public affairs materials and best practices. This online, members-only forum is the perfect place to share ideas and solutions with peers and friends on your most pressing matters.

Membership Plus+

Membership Plus+ is an inclusive training option available to all member organizations for $3,000 a year. This new member benefit gives your entire organization access to over 45 Council workshops annually for a flat price, which could save thousands of dollars in registration fees while providing top-notch professional development for your team. Don’t miss out!


The majority of Council webinars are now free to members. That’s more than 20 webinars annually on all areas of public affairs. Plus, members can access free recordings from our webinar library.

New! Political Insights

Our latest members-only benefit! You’ll receive a quarterly slide deck of trends and election analyses from Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of Inside Elections, that you can use in your own slides and presentations.

Staff Expertise

Our staff of experienced professionals provides you with strategic intelligence, benchmarking data, consultant referrals and best practices. When you need help, we also connect you with other Council members who have overcome similar challenges.

Legal Guidance

You’ll receive free legal guidance for all of your questions related to campaign finance, lobbying and ethics laws.

Mentor Program

Be a mentor. Find a mentor. You’ll strengthen the profession, not to mention your own career

Public Affairs News and Information

Stay current with public affairs issues and trends by reading our award-winning Impact newsletter. Check out our timely insights on political and business news.

Professional Networks

We host exclusive peer groups for professionals working in political involvement, international public affairs, corporate social responsibility and association public affairs. More than 1,700 people are currently active in our networks. Participation is free and available only to Council members.

Customized Training & Benchmarking

Our team can help you improve management processes, audit your performance and get the data you need to increase your budgets or elevate public affairs in your organization. We’ll also create customized training programs on effective advocacy, stakeholder engagement, issues management and similar topics.

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. Many of our seminars now offer virtual participation via computer — and podcasts from our popular webinars are also available.


The Council sponsors certificates in PAC & Grassroots Management, Public Affairs Management and Government Relations & Lobbying. These rigorous programs expand your knowledge, strengthen your skills and help prepare you for the next step in your career.

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Caryn Seligman
Senior Director
202.787.5966 | email


Stephanie Helsing
Membership Manager
202.787.5967 | email


Emily Wallace
Membership Engagement Manager
202.787.5962 | email