Manager, State Government Relations – Save the Children

Position Summary:

The Manager of State Government Relations will manage a multistate portfolio for Save the Children Action Network (SCAN)’s early childhood education (ECE) campaign. Working in partnership with in-state teams and lobbyists, the Manager will develop and implement strategies to advance initiatives within target states/municipalities. He/she will oversee the development and management of relationships with state and local legislative bodies, executive offices, and organizations that align with SCAN’s ECE priorities in those states. The Manager will ensure close coordination and collaboration with SCAN’s in-state mobilization staff. The Manager will also work across SCAN departments and with Save the Children’s United States Programs (USP). The Manager is also responsible for supporting the Director of State Government Relations with policy research and tracking and reporting of legislative affairs and activities. Essential duties will include to: Manage the ECE issue portfolio in several of SCAN target states/municipalities, identify legislation to advance policy priorities, and execute legislative and funding strategies to advance ECE priorities; Develop legislative and funding strategies in coordination with the State Director of Government Relations, lobbyists, and in-state teams; Collaborate with existing ECE coalitions and support their strategies when aligned with SCAN’s priorities; Coordinate with SCAN Mobilization team to engage grassroots network of advocates within the state with elected officials; Oversee the development and management of bipartisan and bicameral relationships in state and local officials with a focus on key committees of jurisdiction and members in leadership. This includes, but is not limited to, relationships with governors, mayors, city and county executives, and other relevant agencies; Build and maintain external relationships with partner organizations to align legislative priorities and identify overlaps; Lead policy research under the supervision of the State Director to develop state policy papers and other state and local research documents; Educate state and local targets on SCAN’s ECE legislative priorities; Support the State Director in developing public education initiatives through sharing SCAN’s policy positions and Save the Children’s reports and holding briefings, among other efforts, to position SCAN as a strong advocate and thought leader in the ECE space on the state and local level; Work closely with the Director of Federal Government Relations for ECE to ensure federal and state strategy are coordinated and appropriately aligned; Work with SCAN’s Mobilization team to identify areas of need to generate grassroots and grasstops support for influencing state and local policy; Partner with SCAN’s Communications team to determine and implement communications strategies to influence key state and local decision-makers through earned and social media, among other tactics; and, In conjunction with the political team, identify possible state and local targets or initiatives to support or oppose.

Position Location:

Washington, D.C.

Total Lobby Spend:

2018: $190,000

2017: $122,000

2016: $247,000

2018 Contributions:


Contribution Split:         

96% Democrats / 04% Republicans

Core Issues:

Education and Taxes

Outside Counsel:

Save the Children retained Gilchrist & Co and Urban Swirski & Associates in 2018.

Gilchrist & Co

Lindsay Gilchrist – Senior Advocacy Officer, mothers2mothers – Professional Staff, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, US House of Representatives – Special Assistant, Staff Assistant, Senator Edward M. Kennnedy, United States Senate – Human Resources Associate, World Vision – Volunteer Director, Beat the Drum, Dream for Africa – MA, University of California at Los Angeles – BA, University of San Diego –

Urban Swirski & Associates

Ali Davidson – Legislative Coordinator, Florida Police Benevolent Association – BA, Florida State University –

Michael McHugh – Ward 1 Chairman, District of Columbia Republican Committee – Chief of Staff, Tax Policy, Trump Presidential Transition Team – Assistant Vice President, Venn Strategies – Legislative Assistant, Legislative Correspondent, Senator Gordon Smith, United States Senate – Business Development Project, Narrow Gate Services – Manager, International Logisitics, Gordon Rush – BA, University of California at Los Angeles –

Sandra G Swirski – Executive, Mobil Corporation – Executive, Clark & Weinstock – Executive, Venn Strategies – Senior Aide, Senator Jack Danforth (R-MO), United States Senate – Senior Aide, Senator Alan Simpson (R-WV), United States Senate – Manager, National Tax Department, Ernst & Young – LLM, Georgetown University – JD, George Washington University – BA, Emory University –

Anne Urban – Partner, Venn Strategies – Managing Director, Clark & Weinstock – Legislative Director, Tax Advisor, Senator Bob Kerry, United States Senate – Legislative Assistant, Economic Advisor, Senator Joseph Lieberman, United States Senate – BA, Amherst College –

In–House Counsel:      

Roy Chrobocinski – Representative, Government Relations, ASME – Resident Manager, Believe in Tomorrow – Middle School Teacher, St. Mark’s School – MA, College of Notre Dame of Maryland – BA, Fairfield University –

115th Congressional Session Bills:

H.R.1567 – United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act 

H.R.3268 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

H.R.3632 – Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone Act

S.1603 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

S.1730 – Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2017 

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