Policy Talk with Amy and Meredith Part I
Amy Hille Glasscock and Meredith Ward - NASCIO
In this blog entry, Amy Hille Glasscock and Meredith Ward, both senior policy analysts for the National Association of Chief Information Officers (www.nascio.org), describe a day in the life of an AMR senior policy analyst.
Both of us are very much used to that eyes-glassed-over look from anyone who has ever asked, “so, what do you do?” Both of us grew up and went through higher education in Kentucky and then promptly left for Washington, DC. We both ended up having successful lobbying careers in DC and, after 11 years for Meredith and 8 years for Amy (and a 2-year stint in the Peace Corps) (side note from Meredith: Amy is undeniably the better person in this story), we wanted to head back to the Bluegrass state—bourbon! Basketball! What’s not to love?! And then we found this amazing company with this amazing client and, as they say, the rest is history.
So, you asked, about a century ago before that diversion, what, exactly, do you two do all day?
There are a few AMR clients whose main function is to, with direction of association leadership, develop and communicate their respective association’s policy positions. That’s where we come in. Our association, NASCIO, has been around for several years (47 to be exact) and we have long standing policy positions and, because times they are always a-changing, we consistently have new policy positions as well. Our job is to communicate those positions to our membership, partner organizations, the public and the media and take any necessary actions based on policy positions.
So, what does this look like? On a daily basis, we administer NASCIO committees, made up of our state and private sector partners, by holding meetings, discussions, webinars, etc. and producing NASCIO publications (here are some examples: www.nascio.org/procurement). We also aid our members with questions they may have regarding just about everything, represent the association at partner conferences and meetings and help shape the agenda and topics for NASCIO’s conferences. We work on association presidential priorities and special projects (here’s an example: www.nascio.org/workforce), speak to the media on our respective subject areas and communicate daily with our director of government affairs.
Sound like a lot? Maybe, but we love it. Truly. We can tell you from experience, that NASCIO membership is made up of some of the best people in the country.