Congressional Preview: What to Expect from this Congress for Parks and Recreation
This Valentine's Day, let's not lose heart on what we can accomplish together in working with our elected officials!
The 2018 mid-term elections resulted in the Democratic Party gaining control of the House of Representatives and the Republican Party maintaining their majority in the Senate. Join us to learn from NRPA's Public Policy Team how congressional committees in the House relevant to park and rec priorities have now shifted in leadership and priorities and what pieces of legislation may be moving this year. And, as always, how your advocacy is needed to support policy decisions being made in DC and ways to engage your elected officials back home!
Former Director of Government Affairs, National Recreation and Park Association
Kate Clabaugh joined NRPA in May 2017 and managed the advocacy work related to health and wellness policy priorities, including nutrition, healthcare, and education. Kate previously worked for the national anti-hunger organization, the Food Research and Action Center, working with Congress to protect and expand access to the federal nutrition programs.
Former Advocacy & Outreach Manager, National Recreation and Park Association
Jayni Rasmussen was the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association until July 2019. She managed the Public Policy's team's advocacy initiatives, including the Park Champion campaign. Prior to NRPA, Jayni worked at Ocean Conservancy, where she coordinated advocacy and outreach efforts both on Capitol Hill and on the ground to garner support for ocean health policy. Jayni is a graduate of Kent State University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science.
Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association
Kyle Simpson joined NRPA in December 2017 and is heading up our public policy work on conservation, including infrastructure, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and resiliency. Kyle comes to NRPA after nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, most recently having worked for Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.