Introduction to Advocacy | 2022
About This Session
This session will introduce the key players on arts policy on Capitol Hill and how to best make the urgent case for support of the arts and culture sector. Presenters will also review the 2022 Issue Briefs and explain how to use it for advocacy efforts this year.
Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Rep. Pingree, Tera Proby, David Reid
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Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs, Americans for the Arts
Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. For 29 years, Nina has served as the chief advocacy strategist for Americans for the Arts and in 2004, she became the founding executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, an affiliated 501(c)(4) grassroots organization with a connected Political Action Committee—the only dedicated arts PAC in the country. Nina now mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 430,000 citizen activist members in advancing arts policy issues to legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. After lobbying to secure several arts funding provisions in the 2020 CARES Act, Economic Aid Act, and the American Rescue Plan, Nina provided weekly technical assistance through Zoom Office Hours to thousands of artists and arts organizations in successfully tapping billions of dollars in COVID-19 economic relief aid. Nina also created the dynamic ArtsVote: Make Your Vote Count campaign in 2020, featuring artwork by Shepard Fairey and outreach by artist advocates Ben Folds, Annette Bening, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Everyone is encouraged to join the Arts Action Fund for free at www.ArtsActionFund.org/Join
Twitter: @ArtsActionFund @Nina4Arts
Americans for the Arts
As Advocacy Manager, Tera’s key responsibilities includecommunicating Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and theAdministration and advancing the organization’s grassroots advocacy throughoutthe country. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, she served as aGovernment Affairs Associate with The Ohio State University’s Office ofGovernment Affairs and worked on Capitol Hill in the offices of CongresswomenNydia Velazquez (NY-07) and Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11).
Tera is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University and Grand CanyonUniversity. She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor ofArts degree in English Literature and Language. When she isn’t working, Teraenjoys practicing yoga, reading, and exploring the culinary arts. She lives inColumbia, Maryland, and is a proud dog mom to a poodle named Peanut.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
David Reid is deeply embedded in Democratic politics and draws on his personal network on the Hill, in the Biden administration, and throughout the business community to build coalitions that drive policy success for clients. He works hand in glove with clients to lead complex public policy efforts related to infrastructure, hospitality, gaming, health care, technology, telecommunications, and arts and entertainment.
David leverages his extensive political finance experience to maximize the impact of clients’ political giving. He also leads Brownstein’s bipartisan political operation, setting the industry standard for political engagement each cycle with Republican and Democratic congressional and national campaign committees and candidates. He serves as a Deputy National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Democratic Governors Association.
Before joining Brownstein, David served as the Washington D.C. and PAC finance director at Hillary for America. Prior, he worked as the Mid-Atlantic finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, ran the political finance operation of a Fortune 50 global health care company, and served as the deputy finance director of the Democratic Governors Association.
David is an active member of the firm’s pro-bono committee and co-leads the firm’s LGBT+ Affinity Group. Among his many outside involvements, David serves on the executive committee of the One Victory and LGBTQ Victory Institute board, the governing bodies of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Institute, and is a member of the board for Q Street, the professional association of LGBTQ lobbyists and public policy advocates.
Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education
Americans for the Arts
Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts. In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.
Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Biden Administration, and leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as partners. In 2019, the advocacy effort by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to "#SaveTheNEA" was celebrated by the Public Affairs Council with their Lobbying Innovation Award.
Most recently, Narric has pursued a national campaign to boost the creative economy and workforce by building support for a trio of congressional bills including the Creative Economy Revitalization Act, the CREATE Act and PLACE Act in Congress.
Narric also oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts through advocacy at the national, state and local levels. This work has included overseeing a $1.5 mil. three-year multi-state policy initiative, and successful passage of the National Arts In Education Week resolution through both bodies of Congress.
Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999. Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. He is the immediate past-president of the Vermont State Society.
Narric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.