American Associations Day, March 31-April 1 2022, is an education and advocacy event to help inform policymakers and urge Congress to support the association community. This event will be held in-person.

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.

Last year, American Associations Day included two days of education worth 5.5 CAE credit hours. Attendees had opportunities to sign up for virtual Hill meetings with their Members of Congress afterwards. During American Associations Day, we highlighted meaningful ways that associations strengthen society and provided programming and resources to amplify these messages and mobilize stakeholders to help inform members of Congress.

In December, Congress expanded the flagship Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to thousands of 501(c)(6) organizations, providing them collective access to tens of billions of dollars in critically needed financial relief. As Congress continues to address the economic impact surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, associations need to be at the table. Congress now has a stronger understanding of the power of associations, and we need your help to build on that success. 

For questions contact Nathan Fisher, Manager, Public Policy & APAC, at

2021 Events

March 25

12:00 – 12:30 PM ET American Associations Day Kickoff & Welcome Remarks

Welcome to American Associations Day 2021! Hear from leaders in associations about the latest policy issues and why collective advocacy on behalf of our community is so important.

12:30 – 1:30 PM ET Public Policy: Issues that Affect Associations: Join ASAE public policy staff as they walk through the vital issues affecting the association world today and ASAE’s top priorities.

2:00 – 2:20 PM ET Congressional Town Hall with U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. and Joe Manchin

Join this session to hear from Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), champions of expanding the Paycheck Protection Program to include associations and recipients of ASAE’s 2021 ASAE Sentinel Award. Hear about the latest on what Congress is doing to support America amid COVID-19, their support for the association community, and how associations can continue to help this country recover. Sen. Cassidy was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2008. In 2014, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He serves on the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Veterans Affairs committees. Sen. Manchin was elected to the Senate in 2010. Prior to joining the Senate, he served as a state legislator and as governor of West Virginia. Senator Manchin currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and also serves on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. There will be Q&A at the end of the town hall if time permits.

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Associations’ Role in Civil Discourse

Finding a common purpose with others is a hallmark of associations. This session will discuss how association professionals can positively impact the dialogue, and share simple practices attendees can take away to champion civil discourse within associations.

5:00 – 6:00 PM ET A Special APAC Happy Hour:  Relax and make drinks with your fellow attendees, the ASAE Board of Directors, and the VIPs of the association community while supporting APAC. A special rate for those who attend American Associations Day. Must be an ASAE Member to participate. Sign Up Here

March 26

12:45 – 1:15 PM ET Congressional Town Hall with U.S. Representatives Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01)

Join this session to hear from Reps. Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and ask your questions of the Congressmen. Join to celebrate them as recipients of ASAE’s 2021 ASAE Sentinel Award for their stewardship of important issues in the nonprofit community. There will be Q&A at the end of the town hall if time permits.

1:30 – 2:30 PM ET Strengthening Your Digital Advocacy Strategy and Campaigns

  • Matt Ernesto, Senior Customer Success Manager, Phone2Action
  • Craig Dillon, Former Advisor to the Prime Minister & Founder of Washington Digital
  • Franklin Davis, Vice President, Federal Government Relations, American Beverage Association
  • Sidney Alvarez, Director of Storytelling & Social Strategies, Edison Electric Institute
  • Moderator: Nate Fisher, Manager, Public Policy & APAC, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Government Relations & Advocacy Professional Advisory Council Webinar- Building a Grasstops Program

  • Maria D. Matthews, CAE, Director, Policy & Advocacy, New Classrooms
  • Sherry Stanley Whitworth, Managing Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy, FiscalNote
  • Jeff Martin, Executive Director, Texas Independent Auto Dealers Association

Monday, April 12

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Capitol Hill Meeting Prep Session

Join this program to learn how to hold an effective Hill meeting, and to ask your questions of the experts! Sign up for Congressional meetings using our Form. The deadline to register to attend Congressional meetings is Wednesday, March 31.

  • Susan Robertson, CAE, President & CEO, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
  • Jeff Evans, Associate Director, Public Policy, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
  • Justin Lewis, Government Relations Manager, Lobbyit