Public Affairs Council

Public Affairs Council A non-partisan organization, our mission is to advance the field of public affairs by providing information, training and other resources to our members to support their government, community and public affairs efforts.

On Twitter: @PACouncil The Public Affairs Council is a non-partisan, non-political association for public affairs professionals. Launched in 1954 at the urging of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Council provides unique information, training and other resources to its members to support their effective participation in government, community and public relations activities at all levels. Through the Council, more than 600 member companies and associations work together to enhance the value and professionalism of the public affairs practice, and to provide thoughtful leadership as corporate citizens.

Mission: The Council's mission is to advance the field of public affairs and to provide members with the training and information resources they need to achieve success while maintaining the highest ethical standards.

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The National PAC Conference agenda is live! We’ve taken what we’ve learned from the challenges of the past year and deve...
11/19/2020

The National PAC Conference agenda is live! We’ve taken what we’ve learned from the challenges of the past year and developed an agenda to drive success in the coming year. Check out the agenda today! https://pac.org/events/pac-conference/agenda/

Board Chair Peter Wilkinson is setting a plan of action for the year ahead. He’s also taking the helm as both the first ...
11/18/2020
New Council Chair Announces Top Priorities - Public Affairs Council

Board Chair Peter Wilkinson is setting a plan of action for the year ahead. He’s also taking the helm as both the first Canadian and international chair, with a first priority on diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more in Impact. https://pac.org/impact/new-council-chair-announces-priorities

An active Council member since the ’90s, Board Chair Peter Wilkinson is setting a plan of action for the year ahead. He’s also taking the helm as both the first Canadian and international chair, with a first priority on diversity, equity and inclusion.

New Election Impact! After each presidential election we ask the winning candidate to bring the country together. Nathan...
11/17/2020
Election Impact: Who Are We Kidding? It’s the Divided States of America - Public Affairs Council

New Election Impact! After each presidential election we ask the winning candidate to bring the country together. Nathan Gonzales explores why unifying the nation is going to be no easy task. https://pac.org/impact/election-impact-divided-states-of-america

After each presidential election we ask the winning candidate to bring the country together. Nathan Gonzales explores why unifying the nation is going to be no easy task.

Research shows that contributing to the public good improves the perception of a company in the eyes of consumers. But t...
11/16/2020
Shoppers Say Brands Make ‘Empty Promises’ - Public Affairs Council

Research shows that contributing to the public good improves the perception of a company in the eyes of consumers. But there’s a catch. Check out Impact to find out what shoppers say about CSR. https://pac.org/impact/shoppers-say-brands-make-empty-promises

Research shows that contributing to the public good improves the perception of a company in the eyes of consumers. But there’s a catch. Read on to find out what shoppers say about CSR.

11/12/2020
Our Team is Still Here for Your Team

The pandemic is still with us, but rest assured that the Council is still here with the services and programming that you count on. Our team is still here for your team! pac.org/contact

No travel plans needed! Skip the flight, hotel and travel costs and join us for the virtual Advocacy Conference from you...
11/11/2020

No travel plans needed! Skip the flight, hotel and travel costs and join us for the virtual Advocacy Conference from your home office. Register today! theadvocacyconference.com

Paul Williams of Argentum joined today’s data visualization webinar to share how they graphically demonstrated jobs and ...
11/10/2020

Paul Williams of Argentum joined today’s data visualization webinar to share how they graphically demonstrated jobs and economic impact of their industry. Thanks to our webinar sponsor Quorum!

Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections joined us today for an election briefing. A few takeaways: There continues to be a d...
11/05/2020

Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections joined us today for an election briefing. A few takeaways: There continues to be a deep divide between rural and urban areas, disinformation on social media could contribute to segments of the population not believing in the legitimacy of the election and the trend of mail-in ballots could be here to stay.

11/04/2020
National PAC Conference

Save the date for the virtual National PAC Conference! There’s never been a more important time to connect with your community. Join us February 23-26. pacconference.com

Americans often say they want elected officials with corporate experience. But when it comes time to head to the polls, ...
11/03/2020
Does a ‘Business Background’ Help Candidates Win? - Public Affairs Council

Americans often say they want elected officials with corporate experience. But when it comes time to head to the polls, voters often choose candidates with this particular experience. Read the article in Impact. https://pac.org/impact/business-background-help-candidates-win

Americans often say they want elected officials with corporate experience. But when it comes time to head to the polls, voters often choose candidates with this particular experience.

No one knows for certain what will happen on Election Day, but Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections explains why our coll...
11/02/2020
Election Impact: Don't Fight the Last Battle - Public Affairs Council

No one knows for certain what will happen on Election Day, but Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections explains why our collective shock from 2016 shouldn’t drive us away from the data this time. Read the article in Impact. https://pac.org/impact/election-impact-dont-fight-the-last-battle Inside Elections w/ Nathan L. Gonzales

No one knows for certain what will happen on Election Day, but Nathan Gonzales explains why our collective shock from 2016 shouldn’t drive us away from the data this time.

10/28/2020
The Advocacy Conference

The Advocacy Conference is going virtual! Mark your calendars for February 2-5, 2021. The first 25 registrants will receive a VIP gift package at their doorstep compliments of the Council and conference marketing sponsor NJI Media. theadvocacyconference.com

Don't miss two great opportunities to learn about regulatory advocacy! Join us for one - or both - virtual workshops to ...
10/27/2020

Don't miss two great opportunities to learn about regulatory advocacy! Join us for one - or both - virtual workshops to master regulatory advocacy at the state and federal levels. https://pac.org/events/upcoming

PAC, communications and advocacy pros - be recognized as a national leader! We're now accepting nominations for the 2021...
10/26/2020

PAC, communications and advocacy pros - be recognized as a national leader! We're now accepting nominations for the 2021 Outstanding PAC and Innovation Awards. Visit pacconference.com and theadvocacyconference.com to learn more.

Research shows that contributing to the public good improves the perception of a company in the eyes of consumers. But t...
10/23/2020
Shoppers Say Brands Make ‘Empty Promises’ - Public Affairs Council

Research shows that contributing to the public good improves the perception of a company in the eyes of consumers. But there’s a catch. Read the latest Impact to find out what shoppers say about CSR. https://pac.org/impact/shoppers-say-brands-make-empty-promises

Research shows that contributing to the public good improves the perception of a company in the eyes of consumers. But there’s a catch. Read on to find out what shoppers say about CSR.

Successful global public affairs teams are often backed by a streamlined issues management process. Join us for a virtua...
10/22/2020
Virtual Workshop: Global Issues Tracking - Public Affairs Council

Successful global public affairs teams are often backed by a streamlined issues management process. Join us for a virtual workshop to stay on top of international public policy concerns. https://pac.org/event/intl/2020/globalissuestracking

Ensure your global public affairs function can identify, track and manage issues in key markets. Join the Council to learn how organizations conceptualize, construct, execute and assess their issues management and tracking plan.

Americans often say they want elected officials with corporate experience. But when it comes time to head to the polls, ...
10/21/2020
Does a ‘Business Background’ Help Candidates Win? - Public Affairs Council

Americans often say they want elected officials with corporate experience. But when it comes time to head to the polls, voters often choose candidates with this particular experience. Learn more in Impact. https://pac.org/impact/business-background-help-candidates-win

Americans often say they want elected officials with corporate experience. But when it comes time to head to the polls, voters often choose candidates with this particular experience.

We're visiting with Jack Quinn of Alexion Pharmaceuticals! Quinn offers his thoughts on how the lobbying world is shifti...
10/20/2020
A Visit with Jack Quinn III - Public Affairs Council

We're visiting with Jack Quinn of Alexion Pharmaceuticals! Quinn offers his thoughts on how the lobbying world is shifting now that in-person contact has paused. He also shares what he wishes other public affairs pros knew about legislators. https://pac.org/impact/a-visit-with-jack-quinn

This McKesson director of state government affairs is working to help inform health care consumers. She’s also taken up some adventurous pastimes.

No one knows for certain what will happen on Election Day, but Nathan Gonzales explains why our collective shock from 20...
10/16/2020
Election Impact: Don't Fight the Last Battle - Public Affairs Council

No one knows for certain what will happen on Election Day, but Nathan Gonzales explains why our collective shock from 2016 shouldn’t drive us away from the data this time. Read the latest Election Impact. Inside Elections w/ Nathan L. Gonzales https://pac.org/impact/election-impact-dont-fight-the-last-battle

No one knows for certain what will happen on Election Day, but Nathan Gonzales explains why our collective shock from 2016 shouldn’t drive us away from the data this time.

October Impact is live! In a year marked by COVID-19 and questions of election integrity, the public is putting more tru...
10/15/2020
Is the Trust Pendulum Swinging Toward Business? - Public Affairs Council

October Impact is live! In a year marked by COVID-19 and questions of election integrity, the public is putting more trust in business and less in government. Read on for insights from the 2020 Public Affairs Pulse Survey and how companies can take a bigger role on the biggest issues. https://pac.org/impact/trust-pendulum-swinging-toward-business

In a year marked by COVID-19 and questions of election integrity, the public is putting more trust in business and less in government. Read on for insights from the 2020 Public Affairs Pulse Survey and how companies can take a bigger role on the biggest issues.

Make a more compelling argument with data. Join us for a webinar on November 10 to learn how to create meaningful data v...
10/13/2020
Webinar: Data Visualizations - Public Affairs Council

Make a more compelling argument with data. Join us for a webinar on November 10 to learn how to create meaningful data visualizations. https://pac.org/event/comms/2020/datavisualizations

Now more than ever, there are numerous sources of data available to help assist your advocacy efforts. If you have convincing and compelling data, it can assist in your efforts to engage policy staffers, reporters, supporters, and elected officials. Join us to lean how to create meaningful data visu...

Do you want the facts on your side? Take a moment to consider that scientific findings aren’t sound bites or made for Po...
10/13/2020
The Write Stuff - Public Affairs Council

Do you want the facts on your side? Take a moment to consider that scientific findings aren’t sound bites or made for PowerPoint slides. This writing tip in Impact will help you weigh your words. https://pac.org/impact/the-write-stuff-25

Do you want the facts on your side? Take a moment to consider that scientific findings aren’t sound bites or made for PowerPoint slides. This month’s advice will help you weigh your words.

Opinionated news articles may stem from our own expectations of the media. Find out more in Impact about the source of t...
10/09/2020
More Americans Believe the News Is ‘Biased’ - Public Affairs Council

Opinionated news articles may stem from our own expectations of the media. Find out more in Impact about the source of this skepticism, and the positive side effect of following local news vs. national news. https://pac.org/impact/americans-believe-news-is-biased

Opinionated news articles may stem from our own expectations of the media. Find out more about the source of this skepticism, and the positive side effect of following local news vs. national news.

Thanks to the fantastic keynote speakers at our virtual Board Meeting! We discussed disinformation campaigns with Graphi...
10/07/2020

Thanks to the fantastic keynote speakers at our virtual Board Meeting! We discussed disinformation campaigns with Graphika CEO John Kelly, explored foreign relations with Heather Conley of CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies and unpacked election insights with Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections w/ Nathan L. Gonzales.

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