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Advocacy Ambassadors LogoBecome an advocacy Ambassador and speak for the land

Communicating with our elected officials is the bedrock of our nation’s democracy. The job of our political leaders is to do the will of the people, and they can only do that when they hear from us. The goal of the Ambassadors initiative is to increase the number of land trust staff, board members, supporters and landowners who have relationships with their political representatives so that they can deliver the message of the importance of conservation to more political leaders.

Ambassadors Relationships Panel

As an ambassador, you will be fully trained and coached to cultivate relationships with your federal officials that will help advance polices that benefit both your conservation work and also the land trust community. Whether you have lots of experience or are trying this for the first time, the Alliance will support you with everything you need to succeed. Take the pledge and we’ll show you how.


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Webinar: Becoming an Ambassador

Already Taken the Pledge? Great!

Here are some resources to get started:

And please never hesitate to contact your regional lead to share your accomplishments and discuss strategy for whatever you have in the works:

  • Northeast: Sean Robertson | 202-800-2229 | Email
  • West: Bethany Erb | 202-800-2240 | Email
  • Midwest and Southeast: Bryan David | 202-800-2223 | Email

A Preview: What It Takes to Be an Ambassador

An Ambassador is an individual affiliated with a Land Trust Alliance member land trust who has a strong desire to engage with public officials. Those with little prior exposure to advocacy and those with prior political experience are encouraged to sign up to become ambassadors.

The ability of the Alliance to affect legislation in Washington or locally depends upon a well-oiled relationship strategy at the local level. While we have lobbyists and consultants in Washington to educate legislators and keep a watchful eye on what is going on, it is not a substitute for advocacy engagement in the legislator’s home district or state.

Ambassador Program Elements

An individual at an Alliance member land trust is asked to make a pledge to follow through on the commitments listed below. This person serves as the liaison with the Alliance policy staff for the organization.


For each of the following federal officials, in each congressional term, I pledge to arrange:

  • 1 Face-to-face meeting with the Senator/Rep.; OR 2 meetings with staff;
  • 1 Site visit to a conserved property or land trust event; AND
  • 1 Follow-up communication via the press, your newsletter, or social media.

OR Follow an alternative path to success.


I agree to participate in advocacy training opportunities as appropriate for my skill level.


I agree to contact my members of Congress with messages provided when requested by the Alliance (no more than three times per year).


I agree to provide timely reports (and pictures) of my advocacy work.

The Alliance will award individuals for completing their responsibilities for each two-year Congressional term and will recognize you in eNews, Saving Land, on our website and at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference.

Thank you for speaking for the land!

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