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NAGC Board Seeks Member Input

Posted By Scott Thomsen, Friday, March 31, 2017
Updated: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Photo of Board President Kathryn Stokes.

NAGC Board President Kathryn Stokes

One of my goals as president of NAGC is to make sure members have a voice in how the board manages your association. Members who responded to past surveys indicated it would be great to know a couple of years in advance the locations for our communication school.  That is one reason we asked for member feedback on where future communications’ schools should be held. By June of this year I hope to announce the locations for the 2018 and 2019 communication school.

Your current Board of Directors is the most engaged that I have worked with in my six years on the board.  I am very fortunate to have such a talented and vocal group of people dedicated to making NAGC the best association for government communication professionals at any level of government and in any practice of our profession.

Each of us on the board has a specific professional experience and we all have ideas about what will work best for NAGC.  We want and need to hear what you want and expect for your membership dollars.  This lets us know if we are heading down the right path or if we need to change direction.

NAGC members have historically said they found great value in the networking opportunities afforded by NAGC membership.  Our primary options for networking have been in Washington or at the Communication School.  Since the majority of our members are located outside the national capital region, I want to know how we might enhance our networking efforts for those of you who live in areas without large concentrations of NAGC members? 

One member asked if we can put a GIS map on our new website that would show the location of our members. The board thinks that’s a neat idea and we’re working to find a way to make it happen.  If any of you have that expertise and would like to help, we’d very much welcome your assistance.

I, and my fellow board members, are here to serve you and to help make the NAGC a vibrant and valuable association for government communicators.  Like all great institutions, our association is only as good as we – all of us – make it.  So please share with us your ideas about how we can improve your NAGC member experience

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Call for Speakers — 2018 Communications School

Posted By Scott Thomsen, Friday, March 31, 2017
Updated: Sunday, June 30, 2019

Our call for speakers is closed for this year’s Communication School in St. Louis. However, if you are interested in speaking at the 2018 Communication School, let us know and we will notify you when we put out our Call for Speakers for 2018.   We will announce the location for the 2018 school in a few weeks.

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Standing for our Ethics, Advocating for Our Profession and Our Members Amid a Turbulent Transition

Posted By Chelsea Firth, Monday, February 6, 2017
Updated: Sunday, June 30, 2019

An open letter to our members:

Dear colleagues,

As you probably know by now, the NAGC issued a news release last week reiterating the Code of Ethics for professional government communicators. The NAGC motto of “Good Communication … Good Government,” is more than just a tagline for members of our association. The motto speaks to the core of what our association stands for, what we as members and professionals stand for. Last year, the NAGC updated its bylaws and adopted a new mission statement, which is:

The National Association of Government Communicators is dedicated to advocating, promoting and recognizing excellence in government communication. NAGC is dedicated to providing opportunities for individual professional development and career advancement, enhancing effective communication with constituents, and advancing the profession of government communication.

Our news release is not a political statement, but rather a means to promote the expertise and assistance our NAGC members can provide the new administration’s transition teams in reprioritizing their messages and creating effective communication strategies. The release also served as a means by which the association could advocate for our members, who may be having difficulty navigating the transition.

Our release was not the first time the association spoke out on the topic of transition. Our president-elect penned a blog post on the topic of transition in all levels of government and NAGC recently hosted a Webinar Wednesday session on “The Essential Role of Career Government Communicators During Transition.” It and our other webinars, which are free to our members, are posted on our website at In addition, the NAGC board of directors is available to assist members with specific issues, if necessary.

Finally, the news release reiterates to the media that as professional government communicators, “we believe the truth is sacred; that providing public information is an essential civil service.” We also believe that the public has the right to know what policies, services, and programs are being implemented by the agencies using their tax dollars, and that need is met by government communicators like you.

Change is always difficult. The orderly transition of power from one administration to the next is no different. However, I believe that when new people coming into an agency reach out to the experts within the agency, the challenges become opportunities, and everyone, especially the public, wins.

  • NAGC President Kathryn Stokes

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