Posts Tagged ‘habitat for humanity’

Young Lobbyists Give Back by Building Home in Northeast D.C.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 by Brittany

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Saturday, July 23, 20 members of the Young Lobbyists Network (YLN), a subgroup of the American League of Lobbyists (ALL), grabbed hammers and nails and helped to build homes in Northeast Washington, D.C.  In addition to giving their time, these energetic volunteers also raised more than $1,880 for Habitat for Humanity.

YLN is committed not only to providing networking opportunities and professional development for government relations professionals, but it is also dedicated to bettering the community in which we live.

“Saturday’s YLN Day of Service was an amazing experience,” noted Dakotah Smith, Government Affairs Representative for Bayer MaterialScience LLC and a Habitat for Humanity participant. “Habitat for Humanity is a great organization, and it was very rewarding to have the opportunity to contribute to the hard work that they are doing every day here in the District. As young lobbyists, we are all invested in our community, and this was a great way for us to give back.”

This YLN Day of Service is another example of ALL’s commitment to community involvement.  Since professional lobbyists represent the unusual pokies and puffies galleries full spectrum of interests within every town and city in the nation, ALL will continue to be involved with those in need of a home, clothing, tutoring help, and mentoring that shows young men and women that they have real options in choosing a productive career over a life with little future.  “The future of our profession is in great hands with this kind of attitude,” said ALL President Howard Marlowe.  “Our Young Lobbyists Network is more active this year than ever before, and really raised the bar with this event.  It is encouraging to see the enthusiasm and commitment they have for ethical advocacy as well as for their community.”


The Young Lobbyists Network is a group of lobbyists and government relations professionals who are dedicated to professional development, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and charitable activities throughout the National Capital Region. The YLN is part of the American League of Lobbyists, which has represented the lobbying profession for over 30 years.

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Photos of the YLN Habitat for Humanity project are available upon request.

Lobbying Gets Lovable: An interview with Matthew de Ferranti

Monday, August 16th, 2010 by Brittany

Matthew de Ferranti speaking with advocates from Habitat for Humanity

Welcome to our first-ever lovable lobbyist interview.

This whole idea came about as a result of the reaction I inevitably get when I tell people where I work. It’s normally a frown, followed by some rant about how lobbyists are all criminals working for big oil and tobacco (the director of “Thank You For Smoking” should be commended for his film’s staying power).

Over the 4 years I’ve been working at, I’ve honed my response to this criticism. It goes a little something like this…

“You like puppies, public education and nurses, right? Well, guess what, they all have lobbyists representing them!”

So, as you can see, I’m on a bit of a personal mission to make people realize that there are, in fact, lovable lobbyists out there.  They are not the unicorns of Washington… I swear they actually exist! Here is one of them, our first-ever lovable lobbyist, Matthew de Ferranti of Habitat for Humanity.

Do you have a personal connection to the nonprofits you’ve worked for?
Yes, I absolutely have a personal connection to Feeding America, Teach for America and Habitat for Humanity.  Each is fundamentally about strengthening the American Dream by working with low- and moderate-income individuals, children and families to expand economic opportunity.  I deeply believe in the missions of each organization and believe that we are all connected.

What would you like people to know about lobbying and advocacy that is positive?
The future of our country and the world are often in part resolved through public policies and public discourse.  As Teddy Roosevelt said, “The credit belongs to the man [or woman] in the arena.”  And as Lyndon Baines Johnson said, “You will find meaning only in the issues of your time.”

What can people do to get involved in lovable advocacy activities with Habitat?
You can take action on issues important to Habitat by visiting You can build with one of Habitat’s 1,500 U.S. affiliates or donate to Habitat’s affordable housing program.  It’ll change your perspective on life forever.

What else makes you lovable outside of your regular work?
I love to travel and learn about people: India, Vietnam and China have been my choices over the past two years, but I also love to travel in the United States and have lived in Oakland, California; Iowa and Texas over the past decade.  Exploring D.C. by foot and doing all of the Duck Tours in the United States over the next decade are two of my current interests.

To nominate a lovable lobbyist you know, email me at