2016 Grassroots Innovation Award Winners:
Jared Hess, American Bar Association, and Amy Davis, Novozymes.

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 outstanding advocacy and PAC initiatives that creatively address new or ongoing challenges. Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Grassroots Innovation
  • Communications Innovation
  • Engagement Strategy Innovation
  • Outstanding Corporate and Association PAC

Winners receive a complimentary registration to either The Advocacy Conference or the National PAC Conference and are invited to present their creative solution during one of the conferences’ keynote sessions.

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.