Make Your Voice Heard in D.C.
A new administration signals new ideas in Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill. This is the ideal time for our elected officials to understand the top policy issues affecting our profession and the U.S. economy.
Now is the time for landscape architects to educate policy makers on how the profession is leading community infrastructure design and development in neighborhoods across the country. From upgrading to a multimodal transportation network, to fixing our nation’s water management systems, to recognizing public lands and parks as critical infrastructure—landscape architects are restoring today’s crumbling infrastructure and creating tomorrow’s resilient systems.
Members of Congress want to hear from
experts like you.
When we visit Capitol Hill together, we will make a difference--and this course will show you how! Each section includes a four to five minute video as well as optional readings and other resources. Get ready to go forth and advocate!
About Your InstructorStephanie Vance is a 25-year "veteran" of Washington, DC. She's worked as a Congressional Chief of Staff, Lobbyist and Grassroots Consultant. Here she shares insights on the importance of citizen advocacy.
- Introduction: What to Know Before You Go!
- Where to Get Started: ASLA's 2017 Advocacy Day Site
- Welcome to DC! Some Frequently Asked Questions
This module covers the basics of what to expect during your time on Capitol Hill -- the layout of the Capitol "Campus," what security is like, where the bathrooms are, etc. Meeting with legislators and their staff is the number one way to influence policymakers. Let's get you started on the right path!
Your App Schedule & Functions
Basic App How-Tos
- What You Want: Making the Ask
- Who You're Talking To: Understanding Your Audience
To be most effective, you'll want to know a little something about the people you're talking to. In this section, you'll learn about understanding your legislator, and their all important staff.
Note that all your research into the legislator's policy and political interests apply to the staff as well. They're there to represent their boss, so what's of interest to the boss will be of interest to them as well.
The main difference in talking to them is pronouns. Instead of saying: will you cosponsor this bill?" (for example), you'd say "will the Congressman or woman cosponsor this bill?"
- How to Talk to Them - Developing Your Story
Your job is to tie the strange things that happen in Washington, DC back to the district, and you do that through effective stories. Use the following materials to create yours! Now tie all of that into a strong message with the message formula.
- How to Follow Up - Building Relationships
Your trip to DC doesn't stop here! Long term relationships are essential to winning your policy issue