Outreach to Policymakers
In-Person Workshop: April 1, 2020

Learn about which strategies are best for sharing research information with state and national policymakers. “Outreach to Policymakers” is co-sponsored by NARRTC, the Center on KTDRR, and American Institutes for Research (AIR). This free pre-NARRTC conference workshop for grantees funded by NIDILRR takes place on Wednesday afternoon, April 1, 2020, at the Embassy Suites Crystal City. Space allowing, we may invite non-NIDILRR-affiliated researchers.

Mark Bayer of Bayer Strategic Consulting will lead an all new, interactive, in-person workshop presenting proven and research-based strategies for networking and sharing research results with representatives on Capitol Hill and in grantees’ home states. Restrictions on lobbying will also be addressed.

Registrants are also invited to participate in a pre-workshop webcast to orient participants to the event and to address specific questions about meeting with policymakers. Webcast details will be sent to workshop registrants.

Date and time: April 1, 2020, 12:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
12:00–12:30 p.m. (registration and refreshments)
12:30–4:30 p.m. (interactive workshop)

Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport
1300 Richmond Highway (formerly Jefferson Davis Highway)
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 703-979-9799
Rooms are $251/night, and a free shuttle is available that stops at the Ritz-Carlton hotel/Pentagon City Metro.

About the Presenter

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Mark Bayer is the founder of Bayer Strategic Consulting, a boutique advocacy and training firm focused on helping scientists, engineers, and technical professionals master the keys for successfully interacting with policymakers and other influential stakeholders.

Formerly a Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during a 20-year Capitol Hill career, Mark spearheaded significant legislative initiatives that led to enactment of high-impact laws, including a landmark aviation security measure signed into law by President George W. Bush that closed a dangerous air cargo loophole after 9/11; the first-ever bill creating a national strategy to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease—the National Alzheimer’s Project Act—signed into law by President Obama; and an historic bill signed into law by President Obama to enable Americans with disabilities to use the latest telecommunications and video devices and services, including smart phones for accessing the Internet, closed captioning for online video, and audio descriptions of television programming.

Touted by his former boss, Senator Ed Markey, for his “decades of superlative experience,” Mark uses his deep expertise to teach his clients proven, true-to-life techniques for building high-performing coalitions that advance their priorities, how to develop and deliver messaging that attracts the interest and involvement of policymakers and staff, and actionable related strategies and techniques to achieve their goals. Mark has been published in Science and The New Yorker. He is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter and the creator of the Savvy Scientist Advocacy Training Program, a series of online, on-demand training webinars. Mark received his master's in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University.