The Government Relations & Advocacy Professionals Advisory Council (GRAPAC) promotes excellence in association government relations and advocacy by helping to develop innovative programming and engaging content that improves the effectiveness of association GR professionals and associations’ activities.
Work of the Group:
The GRAPAC is comprised of four subcommittees that focus on content development, educational programming and events, state and community outreach, and models and samples development that informs and engages their peers on various issues pertaining to government relations and advocacy. The GRAPAC:
- Recommends and advises ASAE on ways to improve programs and services for Government Relations & Advocacy members;
- Advises ASAE Learning staff on learning program content that is Government Relations & Advocacy related (including, speakers, actively helps promote, and participates in the programs;
- Identifies hot topic, perennial, and high-level issues to share/advise ASAE staff and Government Relations & Advocacy professionals, for potential session proposals, articles, and models and samples;
- Engages ASAE members in the Government Relations & Advocacy Community through a variety of in-person and online communication vehicles (e.g. ASAE Events, Member Meetups, Collaborate, Webinars, etc.)
- Collaborates with other ASAE volunteer groups to promote association government relations and advocacy activities.
The GRAPAC year kicks off with a required Council Virtual Orientation in August 2021. The council term also includes two typically in-person meetings, the first of these meetings is our council kick off meeting at ASAE Headquarters in Washington, DC. The second in-person meeting will be in spring 2022 prior to ASAE’s American Associations Day on the Hill. There are a series of teleconferences held throughout the year for the council and its subcommittees.Eligibility Requirements:
- Volunteer Opportunity will last 1 year
- In-Person & Virtual Opportunity
- Association Professional
- Experience in Government Relations Industry
- Engagement with ASAE Volunteering
Not all applicants will be accepted for this committee. The selection committee is comprised of the incoming volunteer chair, the incoming volunteer vice chair, the outgoing volunteer chair, and the ASAE executive staff liaison. The ASAE staff liaison plays a supporting role in this process. The following factors are reviewed in the selection process:
Applications- Applicants should clearly define, in their application, how they can best serve on this group as outlined in the above description.
- 2020-2023 ASAE Strategic Plan Framework
- New volunteers are required to attend the volunteer group’s orientation in order to serve.
- Council members (or their organizations) pay their own travel expenses to attend meetings.
Diversity of Voice- With support of ASAE staff, the selection committee utilizes the ASAE Board Diversity Policy and Volunteer Model to ensure the group is comprised of a variety of voices from the membership. To support this effort, all ASAE members can log into their main ASAE account and update their information in their ASAE Profile to ensure it is complete and up to date.
• New volunteers are required to attend the volunteer group’s kickoff meeting in order to serve.
• ASAE does not reimburse Board, Committee, or Council members for travel.
• Members can only serve 1 (one) volunteer group (council or committee) at a time.
In principle and in practice, ASAE values and seeks diversity and inclusive practices within the association management industry.