Outreach to Policymakers
3-Part Online Workshop: January 12, 19, 26, 2021 (3 – 4:30 PM Eastern)

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 workshop for grantees funded by NIDILRR will be available to participants in an online format, using the Zoom platform. Non-NIDILRR grantees may participate if space is available. Please note that the NARRTC Conference has been converted to an online format that will take place on Nov. 19-20, 2020.

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. Stacy Ruble, a consultant with Management Concepts, will discuss restrictions on lobbying.

Date and time: January 12, 19, and 26, 2021 (3 – 4:30 PM Eastern)

Location: The workshop will use the online Zoom platform – details will be provided to registrants

About the Presenters

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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.


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Stacy Ruble has worked for 25 years in the grant profession. Stacy started her career as a grant administrator where she oversaw funding for over 100 subgrantees and provided them with technical assistance on managing their grants. As the Grant Manager for a statewide nonprofit she prepared all the progress and financial reports and did the drawdowns. She has written federal grants for nearly $25 million, plus state and foundation grants. She has trained thousands across the US and overseas on grant management, federal regulations, and writing. A service she provides to clients is reviewing their policies to ensure compliance with the Uniform Guidance and grant terms and conditions. She is a consultant based in Richmond, VA.