About Us

What is SHRM’s Advocacy Team?

As the voice of all things work, federal and state lawmakers rely on SHRM to inform and shape policy solutions that benefit work, workers, and the workplace.

Policymakers also rely on the voice of SHRM members–to inform legislation from its inception and shape enduring policy to best address the needs of employees and employers. That is why SHRM created the Advocacy Team (A-Team). SHRM’s A-Team is the core driver of positive workplace policy in action–and encourages all SHRM members to join and become an advocate on behalf of the HR profession.

As a member of SHRM’s A-Team—YOUR VOICE MATTERS. Join the A-Team today by completing the form.

The A-Team was created to enable HR professionals–like you–to make their voices heard on public policy issues impacting the workplace. 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.

A-Team members are provided with the training and education needed to effectively influence workplace policy. A-Team membership includes access to exclusive email alerts that provide the latest updates on federal, state, and regulatory public-policy developments, as well as ways you can engage on these issues.

You will receive opportunities to contact your lawmakers by sending emails or making calls, visiting them in their district offices, or attending state Advocacy Days organized by your SHRM State Council or Chapter, and more. 

Policy Not Politics

As the Voice of All Things Work, SHRM pursues nonpartisan public policy efforts to promote flexible, inclusive and equitable workplaces that help employers thrive as talent is tapped, trained and empowered to reach its full potential.


  • Successfully advocated for the inclusion of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in the FY23 end-of-year spending bill
  • Included language in the 2023 CJS Appropriations bill that links back to the SHRM supported Advancing Skills-Based Hiring Act of 2022.
  • Successfully advocated for first dollar (predeductible) coverage of telehealth services for workers
    with HDHPs and HDHP-HSAs.
  • Increased the ways employers can help students by advocating for the expansion of employer-provided education assistance to include student loan repayment.
  • SHRM launched the Generation Cares Coalition with industry partners to advance policies to strengthen the availability of dependent and child care across the U.S.
  • SHRM was appointed to serve as co-chair and the U.S. representative for the B20 Women in Business Action Council and serve as a task force member for the B20 Future of Work & Education task force.

Connect With Us

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

Emily M. Dickens, JD

Chief of Staff, Head of Public Affairs, and Corporate Secretary

Sean McIntosh

Senior Advisor, State Government Relations

Advocacy Strategy
State Policy
Advocacy Day Assistance
A-Team Engagement