Advocacy Committee

To build awareness for the needs of our members and their profession

Chair: Nick Connizzo, Independent Archivist

Members of the Advocacy Committee work to successfully advocate for/or educate government archives and records administrators, elected leaders and legislative bodies, and other stakeholder to meet the changing needs of the membership and the profession.

Drafting and maintaining the core values statement;
Defining and acting within the NAGARA advocacy agenda;
Partnering with related organizations to carry out advocacy efforts;
Researching, drafting, and coordinating dissemination of issue/position statements;
Drafting and working within the publications protocol for researching, writing, reviewing and releasing white papers and other NAGARA’s statement.

Interested in serving as a representative on the NAGARA Advocacy Committee? Let's us know by e-mailing [email protected].

Committee Volunteers (in alphabetical order)

NameJob TitleOrganization
Bethany Cron, she/her/hersSenior Records Management Policy AnalystNational Archives and Records Administration
Casey A. ColemanElectronic Records ManagerU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Dennis RileyBureau Archivist, Museum Management ProgramNational Park Service - Museum Management Program
Galen WilsonSenior Records AnalystNational Archives and Records Administration
Jelain ChubbState ArchivistTexas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC)
Katherine V. StotisIndependent Contract ArchivistIndependent Contract Archivist
Kathleen Mary WilliamsChief of ArchivesNational Gallery of Art
Mariessa DobrickArchivist IIVermont State Archives & Records Administration
Marissa ParonAnalystTreasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Nick ConnizzoIndependent ArchivistIndependent Archivist
Patty DavisAssistant Director for Senior Leadership Offices Records ProgramUnited States Department of Justice
Rebekah DavisArchivistLimestone County Archives
Veronica Michelle Coleman, SSM1Project Management Branch ChiefCalifornia Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

National Historical Publications and Records Commission (learn more here)

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is a 15-member body, chaired by the Archivist of the United States, and composed of representatives of the three branches of the Federal government and of professional associations of archivists, historians, documentary editors, and records administrators.

NAGARA's NHPRC Representative

NameJob TitleOrganization
Kathleen Mary WilliamsChief of ArchivesNational Gallery of Art

Joint Working Group on Issues & Awareness Taskforce

The Joint Working Group (JWG) coordinates efforts and initiatives of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA), the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in areas of common concern and action, including: 1) coordinating action to address public policy and legislative concerns for the archives and records management profession, 2) cooperating on efforts to raise awareness of the value of archives and records management, and 3) coordinating strategies for the preservation of and access to archival records throughout the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia.

NAGARA's JWG Representatives

NameJob TitleOrganization
Nick ConnizzoIndependent ArchivistIndependent Archivist

Archival Advocacy at Home: Preparing and Messaging for Visiting Your District Congressional Office

Archives are often easy targets for losing federal funding and assistance - but it doesn’t need to be that way! Many times, simply advocating for and educating your elected representatives and their staff about the vital role of archives and the value of archival collections can turn ambivalence or hostility into loyal support!

 The webinar presentation below was original broadcast on Thursday, April 18 by members of the Joint Working Group on Issues and Awareness (a committee of CoSA, NAGARA, RAAC, and SAA). The purpose of this webinar was to prepare members of our organizations with messaging ideas and other practical advice for contacting their Representative or Senator. We invite everyone to view this webinar and download important Advocacy Guide information.

 After viewing this webinar, you'll be better prepared with the information and tools necessary for a successful visit to your elected representative's office!