Posts Tagged ‘Christine Sequenzia’

Lovable Lobbyist Profile: Christine Sequenzia

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 by Brittany

A photo of my dog, Mali, and I at the capitol lobbying for animal welfare.

Think “lovable,” and very likely, puppies and kittens come to mind.  Think “lobbyist,” and for one reason or another, those puppy-kitten images disappear, revealing a cloud of skepticism and distrust.  Why the bad rep?  We’re challenging the not-so-sunny perceptions of the lobbying community, one face at a time.  Meet Christine Sequenzia, a Texas A&M graduate who has dedicated her career to animal welfare and public policy.  Ms. Sequenzia currently serves as Federal Policy Advisor of the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, D.C. and has worked on Capitol Hill and in the private sector

Do you have a personal connection to the nonprofit you work for?

Yes, most definitely.  As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.  This dream lead to my first job as a horse stable hand cleaning horse stalls, and then on to the Animal Medical Center of Plano, where I worked as a veterinary technician for 7 years.  After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, I realized my impact would be greater lobbying for animal welfare measures on Capitol Hill.  Today, my efforts include ending horse slaughter, increasing humane living conditions for farm animals, marine mammal conservation and others.

For a full list, visit: AWIOnline.org.

What positive things would you like people to know about lobbying and advocacy?

Good Question!  First, not all lobbyists are “bad people.”  Many nonprofit and NGO lobbyists make less than Capitol Hill staffers, lobbying for causes in which they believe.  Advocating for stronger laws protecting girls against sex-trafficking, rights of domestic violence victims and solid animal protection policies are valiant and honorable causes.  Remember to look beyond the title and instead toward the goal.

What can people do to get involved in lovable advocacy activities with the Animal Welfare Institute?

To assist AWI in our lobby efforts visit the Compassion Index (CI) at www.CompassionIndex.org.  There you will be able to communicate directly with your elected representatives, view each member’s score on animal protective policies and write in support of AWI endorsed legislation by simply entering your zip code.

What else makes you lovable outside of your regular work?

Thank you for asking.  Currently, I am very busy volunteering at Doorways women’s shelter, answering hotline calls and assisting women seeking shelter, while coordinating our Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure team.  Most recently, the leaders of McLean Bible Church and I are planning a new praise event on Capitol Hill, called Capitol Praise!  Capitol Praise will be held weekly on the national mall during warmer months and will feature praise music from rock to gospel.  Please follow me on twitter  @CSequenzia or visit my website, www.ChristineSequenzia.com, for details.

To nominate a lovable lobbyist, email bcarter@columbiabooks.com.

Beautiful Lobbyists

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 by Vbhotla

The Hill recently released their annual list of Washington’s “50 Most Beautiful.” We know lobbyists have beautiful souls, but this issue of The Hill also recognized some lobbyists with beautiful exteriors, too. On the list:

Vinoda Basnayake photo from Patton Boggs

Vinoda Basnayake, Patton Boggs

Registered under: FARA

Clients: Sri Lanka, Embassy of Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma

Issues: Budget/Appropriations

Laura Donahoe, Van Scoyoc Associates

Laura Donahoe photo from The Hill

Registered under: LDA

Clients: Entegrion, The Free Enterprise Nation

Issues: Budget/Appropriations, Defense, Government Issues, Health Issues, Labor Issues/Antitrust/Workplace, Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement, Small Business, Taxation/Internal Revenue Code

Christine Sequenzia photo from The Hill

Christine SequenziaAnimal Welfare Institute

Registered under: LDA

Issues: Animals

Sarah Spear, Association for Advanced Life Underwriting

Sarah Spear photo from The Hill

In-house lobbyist for the association.

Off-The-Hill Political Activity Winners:

  • Patrick Gliha, PAC administrator, Amgen
  • Brittany Prime, political fundraiser, The Levatino Group
  • Jessica Knight, CBC Political Action Committee

Source: The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful