WASHINGTON, DC – March 15, 2021 – FiscalNote, a global technology company that provides software and political intelligence around legislative and regulatory risk, announces its participation in a new coalition – the Diversity in Government Relations (DGR) Coalition – to actively champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in local, state, and federal policymaking. FiscalNote co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Gerald Yao will represent FiscalNote as one of the coalition’s leaders.
“As part of our core mission, we’ve worked to enable organizations to leverage data to drive their decision-making,” said Yao. “We believe those same principles can be used to ensure the world of government relations is one in which diverse, inclusive, and equitable representation matters, and we’re proud to be an anchor partner for DGR.”
“We believe those same principles can be used to ensure the world of government relations is one in which diverse, inclusive, and equitable representation matters, and we’re proud to be an anchor partner for DGR.”Gerald Yao, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder
By the year 2042, people of color will constitute the majority in the United States. To best serve this representative democracy, it is critical the government relations field keep pace. To face this reality, interested professionals and organizations in the field have launched the DGR Coalition.
The DGR Coalition exists to ensure all entities influencing local, state, and federal policy increase and maintain diverse representation on their teams, within their leadership ranks, and on their boards, leading to equitable and inclusive practices and policy outcomes on behalf of the American people. Ongoing efforts are already underway on Capitol Hill to better diversify, including the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the House of Representatives, the Senate Democratic Diversity Initiative, and research conducted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
A lack of demographic data disclosing representation for the government relations field substantially limits the ability to identify gaps in representation. With a vision of equitable and inclusive policy outcomes, the DGR Coalition will:
- Gather and synthesize demographic data and information regarding representation in the entities influencing advocacy and policy-making off of the Hill
- Recommend solutions based on findings, and
- Put forth evidence-based best practices that govern our actions and further promote diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the field.
The Coalition is led by:
- Monica Almond, Ph.D., The Almond Group
- Kodiak Hill-Davis, Republican Women for Progress
- Liz Lopez, Hispanic Lobbyists Association
- Cicely Tomlinson, The Almond Group
- Kevin Turpin, National Journal
- Jaime Werner, Congressional Management Foundation
- Gerald Yao, FiscalNote
About the DGR Coalition
The DGR Coalition is a non-partisan group built on compassion, action, integrity, and transparency. The coalition aims for all entities influencing local, state, and federal policy to increase and maintain diverse representation on their teams, within their leadership ranks, and on their boards leading to equitable and inclusive policy outcomes on behalf of the American people.
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