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The AIA Advocacy Network: The Basics

Want more information on the AIA Advocacy Network? Look no further! You will find information about the structure, ways to participate, and answers to the most frequestly asked questions below. If you want more information, feel free to send an email to Advocacy staff.

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What is the AIA Advocacy Network?

The Advocacy Network is robust and organized grassroots advocacy network that not only connects AIA staff and components with AIA members, but also AIA members with elected members of Congress. The ultimate goal is to build a lasting relationship between AIA and Congress, so that every member will be the messenger on key advocacy issues.

How is the Advocacy Network structured?

The Advocacy Network will be structured around the creation of Advocacy Committees at the component level. Each of these committees will be headed by a Component Advocacy Chair.  Once the government affairs chair at a component has been identified, AIA National staff will work with the chair to help them establish their committee. Some components already have versions of advocacy committees like these as a part of their operations – these already-established committees can be used to fulfill the Advocacy Network requirements.

How are Advocacy Chairs selected?

AIA Advocacy staff work with staff at the component level to identify members suitable for the Advocacy Chair role. The recommendations of component staff will be submitted to AIA Advocacy staff, who will in turn contact the individual member and the component about the program. In the event of a vacant Advocacy Chair role, there might be occasion when AIA staff will need to work with the local component staff to set up an appointment or manage logistics (similar to the current arrangement).

What are the duties of the Advocacy Chair?

The primary job of the Component Grassroots Chair will be to organize and lead their grassroots district committee, working on advocacy programs and visits, promote the program to other members, and provide necessary information about key activities. The chair is encouraged to work with others and form a committee to assist with all programs.

This position may be responsible in the following programs:

    • publicizing action alerts provided by AIA National to component membership

    • setting up meetings and events with Members of Congress

    • helping to identify AIA members who have relationships with the assigned members of Congress and their staff, and other elected officials

    • establishing relationships with other component members to facilitate greater knowledge and participation in AIA advocacy projects

    • facilitating component ArchiPAC fundraising.

Once identified, new Advocacy Chairs will have access to specific trainings, resources, monthly conference calls, and a checklist of grassroots activities to consider throughout the year. The programs will focus on federal, state, and local advocacy.

What is the anticipated time commitment?

The anticipated time commitment for this position is up to five hours a month in a busy period, and less in quieter periods. Grassroots chairs will be expected to join the monthly advocacy call for an update on advocacy programs and Capitol Hill activities. Ideally, this position will serve on the component board.

How are congressional districts assigned to components?

To better ensure that relationships are being cultivated with members of Congress and their staff, each federal congressional district will be assigned to a component. The Advocacy chair at that component will be responsible for handling legislator relations within those districts. In instances where a congressional district is split between components, AIA Advocacy staff will select one Advocacy Chair to be the lead contact for communications with the legislator’s office. You can see the congressional district breakout here.

How can I join the Advocacy Network?

Provide your information here and AIA Advocacy staff will follow up with you shortly.

 

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