American Associations Day

American Associations Day

Event Information


Mar 27, 2023 - Mar 28, 2023


Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

CAE Credits:


Event Status
Sold Out


American Associations Day attendees will be:

  • Informing Hill staff about how their associations build up America’s economy,
  • Helping grow support for policies that promote robust, economic development policies; and
  • Learning key principles in association advocacy and tips to build successful policy programs.
  • The event is open to any association executive, staff member, or leadership volunteer that is passionate about association issues and wants to make a difference, as well as meet and network with fellow advocates from across the country.


The Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill room block can be found at The deadline for the room block is March 3.


Thank you to our sponsor Quorum


  • Agenda

    • American Associations Day 2023

      March 14, 2023 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET
      Prep Webinar

      Learn the issues and how to manage a virtual and in-person Hill meeting. This session will be recorded.

      Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill

      March 27 - March 28

      Monday, March 27

      12:00 – 1:00 PM

      Registration and State group get-togethers
      Arrive and register for the day. Meet up with your state’s attendees to discuss your meeting schedule for the next day, and perhaps meet for the first time!

      1:00 – 1:15 PM

      Welcome Remarks
      Welcome to American Associations Day 2023! Hear from leaders in the association community as they share why American Associations Day is such an important event.

      Michelle I. Mason, FASAE, CAE
      President & CEO
      ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

      Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE
      Chair, ASAE Board of Directors
      Chief Executive Officer
      The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

      Margarita L. Valdez
      Chair, ASAE Public Policy Committee
      Director of Policy and Advocacy
      American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT)

      1:15 – 1:55 PM

      Bringing the Power of Associations Message to Congress
      Mark N. Dorsey, FASAE, CAE
      Chief Executive Officer

      Steven C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE, IOM
      Immediate Past Chair, ASAE Board
      President and Chief Executive Officer
      National Association of Chain Drug Stores

      Philip Bell
      Steel Manufacturers Association

      Heidi Brock
      Secretary-Treasurer, ASAE Board
      President and CEO
      American Forest & Paper Association

      1:55 – 2:45 PM

      Associations Policy Issues:
      Jeff Evans
      Director, Public Policy
      ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

      Denise Roosendaal, CAE
      Executive Director
      Institute for Credentialing Excellence

      Craig Saperstein, J.D.
      Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

      2:45 – 2:55 PM


      2:55 – 3:50 PM

      Hill Meetings: Maximizing Your Role in the Political Process
      Learn the structure of a Congressional meeting and how to get your message across. Practice your elevator pitch and how to communicate effectively in your meetings.

      David Lusk
      Chair, ASAE Government Relations & Advocacy Professionals Advisory Council
      Key Advocacy

      Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE
      Chair-Elect of ASAE
      Chair of the ASAE Research Foundation
      President and Owner

      3:50 – 4:00 PM


      4:00 – 5:00 PM

      Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advocacy
      Learn how to leverage existing resources to get started in DEI efforts. Find out how to work with your membership team to find diverse advocates, improve your data and encourage self-identification, and how DEI efforts can strengthen your advocacy.

      Margarita L. Valdez Martínez
      Director of Policy and Advocacy
      American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy

      Lisa M. Greenhill, MPA, EdD
      Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity
      American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges

      Hassana Howe, CAE
      Chief Experience and Engagement Officer (CXO)
      American Physical Society

      Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE, ICE-CCP
      Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

      5:00 – 5:15 PM

      State Group Planning

      5:15 – 5:25 PM

      Final Send Off
      Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE
      SVP, Public Policy
      ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership


      Tuesday, March 28

      8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

      Visit your members of Congress on Capitol Hill and Share the Power of Associations message.
      Our success at American Associations Day ultimately comes down to the visits we make to congressional offices to share our collective message. Join in-person and some virtual meetings in small state groups and tell your story. These visits make it much more likely that our elected officials will stand up for us when we need them most!

      9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. – Hill Meetings 

      9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. – Home Base:  

      American Traffic Safety Services Association Headquarters  
      512 8th Street, SE
      Washington, DC 20003 

      12:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch at Bullfeathers on the Hill  

      410 First St SE
      Washington, DC 20003