29 Oct, 2014



The Public Affairs Council celebrates the work and contributions of leading individuals and organizations as they advance the profession.

Public Affairs Innovation Awards

These awards recognize creative approaches to promoting organization efforts in the following categories:

  • Grassroots Innovation
  • Communications Innovation
  • Engagement Strategy Innovation

Presented at the The Advocacy Conference each year, the Innovation Awards recognize outstanding initiatives that showcase creativity, inclusiveness, innovation and organizational relevance.

Outstanding PAC Awards

The Public Affairs Council’s Outstanding PAC Awards recognize top organizations in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Association PAC
  • Outstanding Corporate PAC

The Outstanding PAC awards recognize effective approaches to enhancing PAC involvement. These awards, presented at the National PAC Conference, recognize outstanding initiatives that showcase creativity and effectiveness in promoting increased financial or member engagement in the PAC.

Leadership Circle

The Public Affairs Leadership Circle recognizes Council members who promote ethics and integrity in the field of public affairs by supporting the only nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the profession. Our members’ contributions are fundamental to the quality programming and research developed through both the Public Affairs Council and the Foundation for Public Affairs.

Volunteer of the Year

Each year, the Council recognizes an individual from a member organization who has made an outstanding contribution not only to the Council, but also to the public affairs profession. The Council’s Executive Committee evaluates nominees based on their leadership, participation in educational events, willingness to serve as a resource for other members and active engagement in the Council’s work. The winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the Fall Board Meeting, where he or she is recognized before an audience of senior-level public affairs executives.

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Caryn Seligman
Senior Director
202.787.5966 | email


Stephanie Helsing
Senior Manager of Membership
202.787.5967 | email


Emily Wallace
Senior Manager of Membership Engagement
202.787.5962 | email