This year, more than 17,000 CAI advocates emailed or called their legislators using our advocacy platform, impacting more than 16 pieces of legislation that supported community associations. CAI’s legislative action committees use grassroots email campaigns throughout their respective legislative sessions, directly connecting CAI members and their elected officials with the click of a button. A few successful LAC email campaign highlights from 2021 include:

  • CAI’s New Jersey Legislative Action Committee Email Campaign. CAI’s New Jersey LAC engaged more than 7,000 CAI advocates and sent more than 28,000 emails to members of the New Jersey General Assembly. They successfully passed legislation that limits a community association’s exposure to liability from COVID-19-related lawsuits, when acting in good faith and complying with local and state ordinances and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to opening or reopening amenities and governing association operations during the pandemic.
  • CAI’s South Carolina Legislative Action Committee Email Campaign. CAI’s South Carolina LAC engaged more than 1,500 CAI advocates and sent more than 38,000 emails to members of the South Carolina General Assembly. They successfully passed legislation that limits a community association’s exposure to liability from COVID-19-related lawsuits, when acting in good faith and complying with local and state ordinances and CDC guidelines related to opening or reopening amenities and governing association operations during the pandemic.

CAI needs members and advocates more engaged than ever before to continue this success and elevate our grassroots initiatives at the local, state, and federal level. Last week at the 2021 CAI Annual Conference and Exposition: Community NOW, in Las Vegas, CAI’s Government and Public Affairs team unveiled our brand-new Advocacy Ambassador program to further engage CAI members in grassroots efforts.

Become an Advocacy Ambassador! Ambassadors will recruit, organize, and motivate other advocates. If an advocacy issue arises in your area, you will be called to help get the word out, so CAI has a stronger voice with legislators.

  • Homeowner Leader Ambassadors will coordinate with residents in their association and other homeowner leaders in their local community.
  • Manager Ambassadors will get the word out to the board members and residents in their client communities to inform and encourage engagement.
  • Management Company Champions will coordinate with their team of managers to get the word out to their board members and residents to inform and encourage engagement.
  • Real Estate Agent/Broker Ambassadors will coordinate with homeowners and other agents and brokers in their local community.
  • District Ambassadors will coordinate advocates in their state or metropolitan area.

Sign up today to become a CAI Advocacy Ambassador.

Tell us about your professional and personal legislator connections. As a CAI member, you also have an opportunity to help CAI gauge the reach of our collective networks and enable us to effectively plan for future public policy discussions. By understanding who has a relationship with elected officials, we can build advocacy programs that advance our positions on numerous issues that directly impact our members and the community association housing model. Please take our 1–2-minute survey to share your professional and personal legislator connections with CAI’s Government and Public Affairs team.

Help CAI elevate our grassroots advocacy efforts for issues that matter. Learn more about additional ways to become involved in CAI’s advocacy efforts here. Our team is available to help support CAI advocates navigating grassroots campaigns and membership engagement. Please reach out to our Government and Public Affairs team at government@caionline.org with any questions.

Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq.

Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq.

Director of Government and Public Affairs and the College of Community Association Lawyers

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