2021 Legislative Advocacy Conference

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2021 Legislative Advocacy Conference

July 13-15, 2021


Registration Fees

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?Registration is $149

Housing Information

?Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill (Event Hotel)
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Join a Delegation of Superintendents and School Business Officials this Summer

AASA’s Legislative Advocacy Conference is the premier opportunity for school superintendents and school business officials to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and learn about the latest federal policy issues that will impact their districts.?

This year will allow school leaders to connect with staff on Capitol Hill as well as a variety of policy experts who can advise them on critical financial and policy decisions ahead.?


Tuesday, July 13

Wednesday, July 14

Thursday, July 15

Opening Remarks

12:30 – 12:40pm

Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA

Congressional Breakfast

7:30 – 9:00am

Closing Session

Infrastructure and School Construction: What School Leaders Need to Know

12:40 – 1:30pm

In our opening session, Sasha Pudelski will moderate a panel discussion on the latest infrastructure policy proposals on Capitol Hill, what options schools have for investing ARP funding into infrastructure and what green school construction policies look like.

Mary Filardo, Executive Director, 21st Century School Fund

Anisa Heming, Director of the Center for Green Schools

David Sturtz, Partner, Cooperative Strategies

Moderator: Sasha Pudelski, Advocacy Director, AASA

Capitol Hill Day

10:00am – 5:00pm

American Rescue Plan, Procurement and Spending Obstacles

8:15 – 9:00am

Two experts on ARP funding and procurement will walk through the major do’s and don’ts of spending federal money and what you to need to know, remember and avoid.

David DeSchryver, Senior Vice President, Whiteboard Advisors

Tiffany W. Kesslar, Esq., Partner, Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC

Moderator: Bill Otto, Government Relations Associate, Sourcewell

Remarks from Cindy Long

1:30 – 1:50pm

Cindy Long, Acting Administrator, Child Nutrition Programs at USDA Food and Nutrition Service



Feeding Children in School: A Look at Current and Future Funding and Policy Opportunities

1:50 – 2:15pm

In this presentation, Noelle, Katie and Crystal will discuss the policy and funding changes needed to take place to ensure more children have access to healthy meals in schools.

Crystal FitzSimmons, Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs, Food Research and Action Center

Katie Wilson, Executive Director, Urban School Food Alliance

Moderator: Noelle Ellerson Ng, Associate Executive Director, Advocacy & Governance, AASA


The Emergency Connectivity Fund, E-Rate and Funding for Ed-Tech in Schools

9:00 – 9:30am

Noelle will moderate a discussion with Jon and Travis about the FCC’s order on the Emergency Connectivity Fund and share the latest intel on how the FCC and Congress can end the homework gap permanently.

Jon Bernstein, President, Bernstein Strategy Group

Travis Litman, Acting Chief of Staff, Office of Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel

Moderator: Noelle Ellerson Ng, Associate Executive Director of Advocacy and Governance, AASA

AASA/ASBO Advocacy Update

2:30 – 3:25pm

The AASA/ASBO Advocacy Team gives you the lowdown on what to expect on Capitol Hill and what the lobbying priorities and dynamics are this week.

Noelle Ellerson Ng, Associate Executive Director, Advocacy & Governance, AASA

Sasha Pudelski, Advocacy Director, AASA

Elleka Yost, Director of Advocacy, ASBO


SCOTUS, Federal Regulations and Guidance, and More!?

9:30 – 10:30am

The top education legal team in the country will walk you through the Mahoney v. BL decision and how it impacts your district as well as the latest federal guidance and regulations you should understand and follow.

Maree Sneed, Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP

Joel Buckman, Counsel, Hogan Lovells LLP

Ray Li, Associate, Hogan Lovells LLP



Remarks from Cindy Marten

3:30 – 4:00pm

Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education



Small Group Discussion of ARP Spending/Issues with U.S. Department of Education Officials

4:10 – 4:55pm

This is an opportunity to speak directly with top USED officials and share how you are using ARP funding, what challenges you are encountering, and what supports USED can offer you and your district.

Donna Harris-Aikens, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development

Ian Rosenblum, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development

Loredana Valtierra, Special Assistant, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development



State Time

5:00 – 5:15pm




5:30 – 6:00pm




Many thanks to AASA's Government Cooperative Procurement Partner, Sourcewell,? for helping make this conference possible
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