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Congressional Management Foundation Statement on Appointment of Carolyn Lukensmeyer as first Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse

The Congressional Management Foundation heartily commends the National Institute for Civil Discourse on the selection of Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer as its first Executive Director.

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Congressional Management Foundation Elects Polsinelli Shughart Shareholder Anita Estell as New Board Member

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) announced today Anita Estell has been elected as a new Member of CMF’s Board of Directors. Anita Estell is an Attorney and Shareholder of Polsinelli Shughart Law Firm and a well known and respected lobbyist and businesswoman in the Washington D.C. community. In 2011 she was included as Washington Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business”. This list honors 25 women in the metro area who are leading and building strong companies or organizations and who demonstrate a commitment to giving back to their communities.

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Advocacy Spotlight: “I Promise I Will Not Eat My Motorcycle”

CMF is excited to introduce a new feature in which we look at successful advocacy campaigns that align with what congressional staff members have told CMF are effective methods for communicating with Congress. It’s always valuable to learn about real-life examples that support the research!

This month, we’re talking with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) about their legislatively successful and award-winning “Kids Just Want To Ride!” advocacy campaign.

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Honoring Deborah Szekely's 90th Birthday

CMF is pleased to share this Congressional Record tribute of Deborah Szekely, an amazing entrepreneur, philanthropist and visionary. At 90, Deborah is an inspiration to us all, and we are proud to call her a long-time supporter and member of our Board of Directors.

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Join Us June 15 for Next Advocacy Leaders Network Workshop

"Getting Cats and Dogs to Play Nice in the Office: Integrating Your Lobbying and Grassroots Operations," is the third of four sessions offered as part of the Advocacy Leaders Network, a workshop series tailored to senior advocacy, government affairs, and public relations professionals. ALN is part of CMF's Partnership for a More Perfect Union, which seeks to enhance communications, understanding, and the relationship between citizens and Congress.

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Highlighting Online Innovations in the House

As we mentioned last week, our Gold Mouse Award researchers have their jobs cut out for them, reviewing 92 criteria for each of the 538 Member office sites (there were three vacant seats). (Review our detailed methodology here in PDF.) Needless to say, it stands out when an office is doing something online that others are not. That’s why we wanted to highlight these features – they may not seem innovative by some standards, but their novelty on the Hill is worth sharing in the hope that other offices get creative and inspired in their own communications with constituents.

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Adding Value Through Innovation…by Hill Standards

Last summer, as CMF combed through 618 congressional websites to identify the Gold Mouse Award winners, our researchers kept an eye out for innovative features that we weren’t seeing on other congressional sites, or features that were being done particularly well. They don’t guarantee you an award – you must have the underlying content and timeliness we look for – but they certainly don’t hurt.

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Asset Mapping: Quantifying and Qualifying Your Impact, District-by-District

How do you illustrate the myriad ways your organization impacts a particular congressional district? Asset mapping is a hot topic and the subject of our most recent Advocacy Leaders Network workshop. Following are four takeaways about mapping your organization’s assets.

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How to Get Results from Your Virtual Town Hall

One of the fastest growing and potentially empowering technologies for engaging citizens, interacting with elected officials, and building better communications is virtual town hall meetings, such as telephone town halls and online town halls. This post will discuss how you can improve your virtual town hall, whether you are a congressional office or an advocacy organization.

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Op-Ed: What Really Motivates Members of Congress?

In recent months, it seems that a week hasn't gone by when another spate of news stories appears on how Members of Congress are seemingly using public office for personal gain.

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Our work focuses on improving congressional operations and enhancing citizen engagement through research, publications, training, and management services.

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Communicating with Congress The Internet forever changed how citizens and Congress interacts. The goal of this project is to facilitate a more meaningful democratic dialogue.


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Gold Mouse Project
Congress should effectively communicate with and serve citizens online. CMF assesses congressional websites to identify best and innovative practices that can be more widely adopted by the House and Senate.


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Inside the Hill
Produced by Founding Partner Fleishman-Hillard, this video series allows you to hear directly from Members and staff on how technology is changing the way Congress works.


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Life in Congress
This novel research project by CMF and the Society for Human Resource Management has two goals: identify the factors that motivate congressional staff and shed some light on Congress as a workplace.


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21st Century Town Hall Meetings CMF seeks to continue our innovative work in this area by conducting comparative research on in-person town halls, online town halls, and telephone town halls.