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What is the National Council Ambassador Network?

Members of the National Council’s Ambassador Network are superstar advocates dedicated to cultivating strong relationships with their elected federal officials.  It’s said that “All politics is local,” so Ambassadors play a critical role in highlighting the local impact of federal policies – and when votes come down to the wire, their relationships with legislators can give them influence to tip the scales.

The Ambassador Network is designed for individuals who have existing and close relationships with members of congress and are willing to utilize them to achieve mental health and addictions policy wins in Washington, D.C. National Council Ambassadors receive advanced advocacy training, up-to-the minute information and support from National Council staff to foster a culture of advocacy at their organizations.


As National Council VIPs, Ambassadors can capitalize on this opportunity in a variety of ways, including:

  • Participation in the National Council Advocacy Leadership Program
    • The Advocacy Leadership Program includes in-person and virtual advanced advocacy trainings, meetings with fellow National Council Ambassadors and special access to both National Council Executive Leadership and our D.C.-based lobbying teams.
  • Customizable advocacy materials tailored to your state and specific policy ask(s).
  • Invitations to special National Council policy events and meetings throughout the year.
  • Discounts to National Council events – like NatCon, the National Council’s Annual Conference.
  • Star treatment and recognition as a National Council Ambassador!

Ambassadors are required to engage in the following activities each year:

  • Attend Ambassador events at NatCon and Hill Day.
  • Develop and execute an individualized advocacy work plan, with support from the National Council policy staff, to cultivate their relationships with legislators and advance important legislative initiatives.
  • Meet with their legislators several times throughout the year by:
    • Hosting a federal elected official for a site visit at their organization.
    • Meeting face-to-face with their legislators at least once a year.
    • Making three additional contacts with their legislators and staff members (e.g., in-district meetings, phone calls, personalized emails).
  • Respond to periodic advocacy opportunities from the National Council as they arise.

Ambassadors maximize our collective advocacy impact on Capitol Hill and help advance policies to strengthen behavioral health!

We can’t do this without you. Contact Natalie Weiner at to join or with questions.