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Meet Your New Congress

By Diego Rivera | December 3, 2020

They average 59 years old. They’re a little bit more diverse than they were, but most are still white men. A majority are married and have kids. One in three is a lawyer.   Members of the 117th Congress will be seen around Washington for the next month as they hire staff, attend briefings and move…

7 Steps to Creating/Building Winning Advocacy Campaigns in 2021

By Diego Rivera | November 18, 2020

While there’s no doubt that 2020 will be written into history as a tumultuous and tragic year in America, much of the work for public affairs and government relations pros still lies ahead. Consider the landscape in 2021. Starting in January, a new administration is coming, and so is a new Congress. There will be…

How to Post Winning Numbers on Giving Tuesday

By Diego Rivera | November 18, 2020

Giving Tuesday is coming. How is your organization preparing? The one-day event that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday kicks off the holiday giving season and generates massive one-day donations for many nonprofits. Last year, organizations raised almost $2 billion globally, including more than $500 million brought in online, according to Philanthropy News Digest. “Giving…

Election 2020: Results Update (Nov. 10th)

By Diego Rivera | November 10, 2020

Presidential Race Now a week after the election and seeing a media call for former Vice President Joe Biden to clinch the national election, President Trump is challenging voting procedures in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Arizona’s vote is still not complete, and Mr. Biden’s original 200,000+ vote margin has dropped to 14,746 votes with…

How to Address Your Audience Post-Election 

By Diego Rivera | November 4, 2020

As Washington awoke this morning, the fate of the presidency was still undecided as officials counted ballots in key states that will deliver the winning electoral votes to Joe Biden or Donald Trump. The situation was similar in the Senate, where votes were still being tallied in a handful of races that will determine control…

Inside Chevron’s Employee Advocacy

By Diego Rivera | November 4, 2020

When it comes to educating and mobilizing employees, few companies do it better than Chevron. And why not? They have been at it for 15 years.  Roughly one in five of Chevron’s 20,000 U.S. employees are part of the Chevron Advocacy Network (CAN), a group that has volunteered to learn more about issues and help…

Election 2020: When Will We Go Back to School?

By Diego Rivera | November 3, 2020

Few issues have a more immediate impact on American families than education, as school systems strain to balance online and in-person learning and parents struggle with childcare issues. President Trump has pushed for rapid movement toward in-person learning, and has threatened to cut off funding if schools do not bring students back into school buildings.…

Election 2020: A Crossroads for Immigration

By Diego Rivera | November 3, 2020

Immigration was the issue that helped propel Donald Trump to victory in 2016. This year, it has been largely sidelined by the pandemic. Polls show, in fact, that immigration is no longer a top concern. Voters say that the economy, terrorism, COVID-19 and racial justice are higher priorities, according to Gallup polling. Yet, make no…

Election 2020: Is Infrastructure an Opportunity for Political Unity?

By Diego Rivera | October 20, 2020

You don’t hear a lot about fixing roads, bridges, airports and waterways in the campaign. At least, not everyday. Yet heavy infrastructure and transportation projects will almost certainly be key to any pandemic economic recovery plan in 2021. Both parties have been saying for years that they want to push big infrastructure projects, and the…

Advocacy During an Election Crisis

By Diego Rivera | October 19, 2020

Will we know who won the presidency and both chambers of Congress on Nov. 4? There’s a good chance we won’t. In some races, including the presidency, we may still be counting ballots. We may have challenges to the results. We may see protests—even violence—and there will almost certainly be strong rhetoric. Any or all…