Mobilizing Your Members for the 115th Congress – Working with New Members of Congress

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2017 presents a unique set of challenges for organizations advocating on the Hill, especially because many members and donors can feel lethargic following a busy election year push. However, 2017 is no time to rest, with 7 freshman senators and 53 freshmen members in the House of Representatives, now is the time to act! Join other government relations and advocacy staff, along with our speakers and panel of advocacy experts, as they discuss strategies for mobilizing your members for the 115th Congress – Working with New Members of Congress. From fly-ins to membership engagement strategies, this session will cover today’s best practices for mobilizing your members and creating successful grassroots advocates. You’ll come away armed with new tactics that will help you effectively connect with the 115th Congress and engage with the many freshman members.

Presentations will include:
Dr. David Rehr – David Rehr, Ph.D. is CEO of Transparagov, Inc. and President of the TransparaGov Educational Foundation. He is also a Law Professor at the George Mason University Law School where he teaches Legislat ive Advocacy and Leadership. Dr. Rehr is a noted national association advocate and former head of the National Association of Broadcasters and National Beer Wholesalers Association. He’s also one of Washington Life’s Power 100 and has been noted by The Hill as the top association lobbyist. Professor Rehr holds a doctorate of economics from George Mason University, where he also earned his Master’s degree.


Alex Harris is the Grassroots Advocacy Manager for Special Populations at the National Association of Community Health Centers and was formerly with the North Carolina Health Center Association. Alex has a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Noelle Clemente is the Vice President at S-3 Public Affairs. Noelle Clemente served as press secretary of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Noelle also served as press secretary to Health and Human Services Secretary nominee and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) and to the House Republican Policy Committee. In addition to her Capitol Hill experience, Noelle served as the primary spokesman for the American Action Forum. In this capacity, she worked closely with AAF President and former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, assisting with his earned and digital strategy. Noelle graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a degree in Journalism.


Andrew Fullerton has been the Government Relations Manager with the National Kidney Foundation since 2015, bringing with him more than a decade of government relations experience. He has provided strategic relationship building, legislative, political fundraising, and public affairs support to a variety of organizations, campaigns, and legislative offices. Prior to joining NKF, he worked for Williams Mullen, Congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA), the campaign of Nels Ackerson (D-IN), the American Gas Association, and worked as a political consultant. He is a co-founder and chair of the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN), a founding board member of the Grassroots Professional Network, and served as a committee chair on the Young Lobbyist Network (YLN).


Austin Rodriquez is the Government Relations and Traffic Safety Manager for the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility ( Prior to his role at, Austin has gained valuable experience working for political campaigns, attorney’s general offices, and other lobbyists. Austin has a BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Adam Finkel, Associate Director of Government Relations, American Academy of Audiology.

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