Government relations and advancement of cause



Services include:

  • Assessing the political economy around an issue, then devising strategies for advancement of cause that is attuned accordingly

  • Building coalitions around an issue, and bringing that alignment to government decision-makers
  • Growing the prominence of an issue within a political priority for government
  • Identifying obstacles to government action and articulating pathways forward
  • Behind-the-scenes advocacy and coalition-building
  • Lobbying and testifying before legislative committees
  • Relationship building and cultivating champions for the cause within government ministries
  • Political strategy of how to influence member votes on key legislative issues
  • Assessing strategic options for donors, assessing where investments can have highest impact
  • Defining tangible steps for natural resource governance to have effect at international, national and local levels

Representative Work:

  • Framed the need for national governments and REDD+ processes to address the drivers of deforestation and degradation, through published papers, partnerships and strategic advisories.  Efforts helped leverage a decision by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, adopted at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland.

  • An assessment to identify possible interventions for the international community to support Myanmar’s forest and land use governance, over the medium- to long-term, based on focused new investments or through better coordination among international donors.  The risks and opportunities, and benefits and challenges of various intervention opportunities were evaluated, to provide a basis for strategic assessment of where and how the international community can best assist Myanmar to fulfil the forest component of their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals. Please contact Gaby Kissinger directly for more information.

  • Consultation policies and decision-support processes supporting a British Columbia indigenous community in their self-governance, negotiations with the BC Province and third-parties.

  • Assisted in securing conservation agreements in the Great Bear Rainforest of coastal British Columbia and secured legislation for the protection of conservancies totalling over 2 million hectares and biodiversity areas totalling 390,000 hectares.

  • Strategic adviser to a project seeking to redefine forest management, create conservation set-asides with carbon finance, and spur local economic development for four indigenous communities on roughly 300,000 ha.

  • Ten years of experience developing and implementing appropriations and legislative initiatives, with in-depth experience lobbying the US Congress.

  • Co-chaired a diverse coalition in the US State of Maine, seeking to achieve federal authorizing legislation in the US to focus more federal investment in land conservation and community economic development.