The sixth annual Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Days will be held May 1-3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Your visits will be perfectly timed to meet new members of Congress and their just-hired staff as well key figures in the new administration. We hope to see you on Capitol Hill!
What is Advocacy Days?
The mission of our annual Advocacy Days is to provide land trust leaders with hands-on advocacy training in Washington, D.C. and to facilitate their relationships with key legislators in order to help build the political influence of the land trust community. Events may include: an issue briefing with inspiring speakers, a networking happy hour with partners, lobby visits with your congressional delegation and a reception with our champions on Capitol Hill.
The Land Trust Alliance advises Congress on important land trust issues in a way that no one land trust could do by itself — but to truly motivate elected officials, we need them to hear your stories about conserving our land and waters. Your participation is important and truly appreciated.
2017 Advocacy Days Schedule
Monday, May 1
Visits with Administration officials | 1-5 p.m. | Location TBD
First-timers’ “Lobbying 101” | 3:30-5 p.m. | Hilton Garden Inn | 1225 First Street NE
Happy hour with partners | 5-7 p.m. | Hilton Garden Inn
Dinner with state teams | 7-9 p.m. | Local restaurants
Tuesday, May 2
Possible visits with administration officials (tentative) | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | TBD, if any meetings aren't scheduled Monday
Issue briefing | 10 a.m.-Noon | Hilton Garden Inn (continental breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.)
Lunch | Noon | Hilton Garden Inn
Lobby visits with your congressional delegation | 1-5 p.m.
Lobby visits with your congressional delegation | 9-5 p.m.
Debrief room available | Location TBD
Informal happy hour or Capitol tour (tentative)| 5-7:00 p.m. | Location TBD
Registration will open in January/February. There is no cost to attend Advocacy Days, however travel arrangements must be paid by participants.
Discounted hotel reservations will be available at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1225 First Street, SE. Rooms rates are $205/night plus tax, single/double. The reservation link will be available when registration opens in January/February.
First-timers should plan to arrive on Capitol Hill no later than 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1. We strongly suggest that all participants arrive by Monday evening for Tuesday’s 8:30 a.m. issue briefing.
The earliest feasible times to depart from Capitol Hill depend on the size of your state’s congressional delegation. Many teams like to spread their meetings over the course of two days.
Please note: Even with a smaller delegation, a later departure provides more scheduling flexibility and better odds of meeting with your senators and representatives. We also plan to schedule meetings with the administration this afternoon.
If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a reception or breakfast or this event, please email Andy McLeod.
Your Regional Contact
Get to know your regional advocacy lead, who is always available for personalized coaching and collaboration:
Northeast & Southeast
Andy McLeod Email | 202-800-2229 (desk) | 850-443-4966 (cell)
Bryan David Email | 202-800-2223 (desk) | 707-548-8101 (cell)