Joe Gagen brings an entirely new way of looking at the legislative process.
His highly interactive presentations are not only fun but effective in educating association members on how to “do it right” when advocating on behalf of their association, their community and their industry. He believes that individuals lobbying their own elected offices form the foundation of any effective legislative effort and his trainings reflect that position.
He has conducted well over six hundred successful legislative training and planning programs for numerous national and state associations on both congressional and state advocacy. Those associations include the California Medical Association and the California Academy of Family Physicians as well as national organizations including the American Medical Association, American Cancer Society and the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
Mr. Gagen has been involved professionally in political and legislative matters for over forty years. Among other things, he chaired a state agency responsible for workers’ compensation, served as general counsel to a legislative committee and served as executive director of a statewide political organization. From 2006 to 2011, he served as CEO of a statewide nonprofit organization advocating for children in foster care. During that time he created and trained an extensive grassroots network of volunteers that continues to have a significant impact on funding and policy issues affecting foster children in Texas.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate having received both his B.A. with Honors and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.