Without active involvement in the legislative process through advocacy, an association’s profession or industry can experience changes (perhaps unintended) that could put members at a disadvantage.
The Ewald Consulting Government Relations team provides an array of services to help associations achieve their legislative aims. Government Relations Director Valerie Dosland says the team is well-equipped for success. “Each member of our team has previous experience working as legislative staff inside the capitol and provides a broad range of skills to support our clients. Each of us specializes in specific issue areas ranging from early childhood and K-12 education, health and human services, local government, elections, taxes, and transportation.”
Although the pandemic significantly changed the way our team worked, Valerie says everyone adjusted quickly. “Throughout 2021 and 2022 we learned how to lobby in a completely remote and hybrid manner. While this posed challenges, it also provided opportunities for our clients to engage more with legislators. Remote meeting capabilities allowed for more of our clients to participate in one-on-one meetings with legislators and attend and participate in legislative committee hearings—regardless of location. This has continued beyond the pandemic.”
And as government relations strategies continue to evolve, Ewald Consulting’s team remains vigilant to adapt and support its clients from a position of strength. “We have greatly expanded our capabilities to provide effective grassroots engagement strategies for our clients,” Valerie continues. “This includes bringing on grassroots advocacy software to make it easier for our clients to engage in the legislative process.” In the most recent legislative session, associations that leveraged grassroots advocacy tools to augment their impact saw engagement from members at higher levels than ever before.
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“The Minnesota Association of School Administrators began using the advocacy system during the 2022 legislative session and we could not be more pleased. This tool made it very easy for our members to engage in advocacy and because of that, we were successful on several of our issues.” – Deb Henton, Executive Director, MASA