Exclusive: New Report on Changing Congressional Engagement Strategies



Bradford Fitch is President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. Fitch started his communications career at the age of 16 working at his local AM radio station in Upstate New York as a disc jockey and reporter. After graduate school, he worked as a television reporter in Washington, moving on to Capitol Hill for 13 years as press secretary, legislative director, and chief of staff.

In 2001 he served as Deputy Director of CMF, a non-profit dedicated to improving congressional operations and citizen engagement. He left CMF in 2006 to form a successful internet startup, before returning to CMF in 2010.

Fitch is frequently quoted in national media outlets on how Congress works. He is also the author of Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials and Media Relations Handbook for Agencies, Associations, Nonprofits and Congress.

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Trust is the cornerstone of any relationship, democracy included. Your advocacy base needs to trust that their voice is being heard. Unfortunately, many citizens do not believe that their elected leaders listen to them.

The latest research from the Congressional Management Foundation outlines new strategies for lawmakers to restore that trust.

What does this mean for you? You will need to adjust your grassroots strategies accordingly.

Brad Fitch delivers a sneak peak at the report, which will not be released until March 2021. Based on years of proprietary survey data, the report sheds new light on best practices for driving engagement between the public and Congress.

Topics include:

  • How Congress is likely to change its constituent engagement strategy

  • What this means for grassroots advocacy

  • How government affairs professionals can meet their policy goals in this new era

  • Much, much more