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SHRM’s Government Affairs team continued the roll-out of its new member advocacy initiative, the Advocacy Team—or “A-Team”—and named the first group of Advocacy Captains. Captains are key contacts responsible for fostering relationships with federal legislators in their home districts, rather than in Washington, D.C.

Alabama became the first state to have captains designated. During the recent state legislative directors meeting in Washington, Mike Aitken, SHRM director of Government Affairs, informed Juanita Phillips and Pam Werstler, co-legislative directors for the state, that they and others were appointed. Also receiving Advocacy Captain lapel pins were Jeff LeBlanc, Jamie Brown, Andrea McCain, Forrest Keith, Pamela Peterson, Bill Rush, and LaTrenda Hardy.

This week, at the SHRM Rhode Island State Council’s 13th Annual Legislative and Law Update, Aitken awarded pins to the state’s legislative director, Cindy Butler, as well as Linda Lulli.

The Alabama and Rhode Island A-Teams are now recruiting HR Advocates, SHRM members who can assist an Advocacy Captain’s local efforts. To learn more about this program, click HERE

Advocacy Captains will be announced in coming weeks for Arkansas, California, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, New York, Washington and Wisconsin. For questions about serving as an Advocacy Captain or HR Advocate, or questions about the A-Team initiative, contact David Lusk, SHRM senior associate for Member Advocacy, at 703-535-6158.

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