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.

ASAE’s Fly In is open to any association professional, industry partner, 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.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend virtual and possibly in-person Hill meetings with Congressional offices on Friday, April 1. In-person Hill meetings are subject to individual Congressional office policy.

During American Associations Day, participants will learn association policy issues and government relations best practices. During Congressional meetings participants will highlight meaningful ways that associations strengthen society and advocate for association-wide policy issues.

Please review ASAE’s COVID-19 Vaccination policy for in-person events. This policy requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

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

American Associations Day 2022

March 31-April 1

Your Schedule of Classes


Prep Webinar

March 24, 2022 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Learn the issues and how to manage a virtual and in-person Hill meeting. This session will be recorded.

March 31

Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill

12:00 – 1:00 PM Registration and State group get-togethers

Arrive and register for the day. Meet up with your state’s attendees to discuss your meeting schedule for the next day, and perhaps meet for the first time!

1:00 – 1:20 PM Welcome Remarks

Welcome to American Associations Day 2022! Hear from leaders in the association community share why they think this is such an important event.

Michelle I. Mason, FASAE, CAE
President & CEO
ASAE: The Center For Association Leadership

Steven C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE, IOM
Chair, ASAE Board of Directors
President and Chief Executive Officer
Natl Association of Chain Drug Stores

Margarita L. Valdez
Chair, ASAE Public Policy Committee
Assistant Director of Congressional Relations
American Society for Radiation Oncology

1:20 – 2:05 PM Pandemic Risk Insurance – How Do We Ensure We’re Covered?

Jeff Evans
Director, Public Policy
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

John H. Jones
Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Jean M. Prewitt
President and CEO
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®)

2:05 – 2:15 PM Break/ State Group Planning Period


2:15 – 2:45 PM Associations’ Role in Workforce Development: COVID Recovery and Beyond

Jeff Evans
Director, Public Policy
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

Denise Roosendaal, CAE
Executive Director
Institute for Credentialing Excellence

Craig Saperstein, J.D.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

2:45 – 3:30 PM Hill Meetings: Using the Power of Associations Message

You’ve heard us talk about the Power of Associations message. Learn how it can help you tomorrow and in your own association. Put your skills to the test with practice Hill meetings.

Dr. Jason Altmire
Former Member of Congress
President and Chief Executive Officer
Career Education Colleges and Universities

Allison Cunningham
Director, Federal Government Affairs

Thomas F. (Tommy) Goodwin
Vice President, Government Affairs
Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance

3:30 – 3:40 PM Break


3:40 – 4:45 PM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advocacy: Showcases in excellence

Learn how policy and grassroots efforts can be used to improve DEI efforts.

Cie Armstead, MPA, DBA
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director
American College of Surgeons

Renata Beca-Barragan
Legislative Director
Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez

Dr. Lisa Greenhill
Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Margarita L. Valdez Martínez
Director of Policy and Advocacy
American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy

4:45 – 5:00 PM Final Send Off – about meetings on the Hill and logistics for the next day.

Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE
SVP, Public Policy
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

Nathan Fisher
Senior Manager, Public Policy & APAC
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

5:00 – 7:00 PM American Associations Day Reception

Thornton Room

Meet and greet your fellow attendees, the ASAE Board of Directors, DC area association CEOs, and the VIPs of the association community as you overlook the U.S. Capitol. This reception is the best place to network with association pros. Join us as we honor a Member of Congress with the Sentinel Award for support of associations on Capitol Hill.


April 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Visit your members of Congress on Capitol Hill and share the Power of A message.

Our success at American Associations Day ultimately comes down to the visits we make to congressional offices to share our collective message with the Hill. Join virtual and possible in-person meetings in small state groups and tell your story. These visits make it much more likely that our elected officials will stand up for us when we need them most!