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In consultation with SHRM’s regional team and other SHRM volunteer leaders, the Government Affair team has announced the selection of additional Advocacy Captains for the Society’s local Advocacy Team (“A-Team”) initiative.  As a critical link within the A-Team structure, each Advocacy Captain is an HR practitioner who has volunteered to serve as the point of contact and team leader for SHRM’s public policy efforts in his or her congressional district.

With this round, Advocacy Captain selections have now been made for congressional districts in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, Maine, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin.  Pictured from left to right are SHRM Chief Global Membership Director Janet N. Parker, SPHR; Pam Werstler and Juanita Phillips, the first two Advocacy Captains named from Alabama; and Director of Government Affairs Mike Aitken.

SHRM anticipates that the next group of Advocacy Captain selections will begin late this month. States targeted for 2011 include Texas, Delaware, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Captains have been named in all of the congressional districts for only four states: Alabama, Arkansas, Maine and Rhode Island—so more candidates are welcomed from the remaining states. To learn more about the A-Team, click HERE.

Questions about the duties of an Advocacy Captain or the role a team member (“HR Advocate”) will play in supporting SHRM’s advocacy efforts may also be directed to David Lusk, SHRM’s Senior Associate for Member Advocacy, at 703-535-6158 or

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