About Us

What is the Advocacy Team?

SHRM’s Advocacy Team (A-Team) is the core driver of positive workplace policy in action. Together the A-Team is advancing public policies that foster better workplaces and create a better world. Lawmakers rely on the voice of SHRM members—to inform policy from its inception and shape enduring policy to best address the needs of employees and employers.

As a member of SHRM’s A-Team—YOUR VOICE MATTERS.

SHRM and its more than 300,000 members are uniquely qualified to advocate on workplace policy issues. The collective work of our membership impacts the lives of more than 150 million employees—your voice must be heard. Together, we can influence workplace public policy that impacts millions of workers each day.

A-Team members are provided with the training and education needed to effectively influence workplace policy. You will reach out to your lawmakers by sending emails or making calls, by visiting them in their district offices, or attending state Advocacy Days organized by your SHRM State Council or Chapter. 

As a member of the A-Team, you will build relationships with other SHRM members, develop persuasive communications and policy skills and drive your career forward as a strategic partner in your organization.

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  • Secured assistance for SHRM affiliates with the expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program
  • Advocated for Modernized Health Savings Plans Rules through key changes in the CARES Act
  • Kept open a critical talent pipeline by defending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to allow highly educated international students to contribute to U.S. workplaces
  • Increased the ways employers can help students by advocating for the expansion of employer-provided education assistance to include student loan repayment
  • Protected the employer-employee relationship in California through important changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018
  • Connected HR professionals and business leaders to lawmakers with over 1,600 unique interactions at the federal and state levels, and the largest Capitol Hill Advocacy Day ever, with over 500 HR professionals meeting virtually with policymakers 
  • Showcased powerful women’s voices through our partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amendment


Email the Advocacy Team: [email protected] | Request an Advocacy Speaker

Emily M. Dickens, JD

Corporate Secretary, Chief of Staff & Head, Government Affairs

Sean McIntosh

Senior Specialist, Member Advocacy

Advocacy Strategy
Advocacy Day Assistance
A-Team Engagement