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 substance use 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:
- Customizable advocacy materials tailored to your state and specific policy ask(s).
- One-on-one interaction with National Council experts and our lobbyists to discuss strategy.
- 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:
- Participate in NatCon and Hill Day.
- Meet with their legislators several times throughout the year by:
- Hosting a federal elected official for a virtual or in-person site visit at their organization.
- Meeting their legislators at least once a year in-district, in Washington D.C., or over a virtual platform.
- Having three additional interactions 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. Sign up here!
Contact Natalie Weiner at NatalieW@TheNationalCouncil.org with questions.