Stephanie Vance

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Stephanie Vance

Adjunct Professor

Stephanie Vance, also known as the “Advocacy Guru”, is author of five books including Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and The Influence Game. She’s a 30-year veteran of the Washington, D.C. political scene and has held positions as a lobbyist, grassroots consultant and Congressional aide.

Stephanie’s experiences as a legislative director and Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill led her to found Advocacy Associates, a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations be both heard and agreed with in the legislative environment. To achieve that goal she provides in-person and online trainings for thousands of advocates around the world.

Ms. Vance holds a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. She lives and works in Washington, DC.

Politics and Public Policy

The Influence Game: 50 Insider Tactics from the Washington D.C. Lobbying World that Will Get You to Yes (Wiley, 2012)

The Advocacy Handbook: A Practitioner's Guide to Achieving Policy Goals Through Organization Networks (Columbia Books, 2011)

Citizens in Action: A Guide to Lobbying and Influencing Government (Columbia Books, 2009)

Government by the People: How to Communicate with Congress (AdVanced Consulting, 1999)


M.A., Georgetown University

M.P.S., The George Washington University