Hill Staff Organizations and Groups

Congressional Black Associates

For more than two decades, the Congressional Black Associates has been a professional and social networking resource for its members–connecting them to policymakers on Capitol Hill, in the DC metropolitan area and beyond the “Beltway.” To fullfill its goals, the CBA sponsors and participates in activities such as issue forums, moderated debates, community outreach projects, and social networking opportunities that allow its membership to engage Members of Congress and other important policy makers in meaningful discussions. For more information, contact CBA President Sylvia Brown at sylvia_brown@mail.house.gov

Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA)

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA) is a non-partisan, non-profit congressional staff organization designed to provide you with opportunities to meet other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on Capitol Hill through professional development seminars, social networking events, and community service projects. CAPASA will help you to build new and lasting relationships with fellow Congressional employees and others in the community.  For more information, please send an email to janelle.hu@mail.house.gov

Congressional Chorus

Get your voice heard … literally! Current and former employees of the legislative branch, including the House, Senate, Congressional Budget Office, and the Library of Congress are invited to audition for the Congressional Chorus.

Congressional Hispanic Staff Association

The Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA) is an official nonpartisan Congressional Staff Organization whose primary purposes are to increase the number of Hispanic staffers in the United States Congress and to promote career development and advancement opportunities for current Hispanic staffers. CHSA seeks to enhance the professional and social lives of our members through activities such as social functions, community outreach projects, and issue forums that allow CHSA members to network with Members of Congress, community leaders, corporations, trade associations, public interest groups, and other policy makers.

Congressional Jewish Staffers Association

CJSA is a nonpartisan social congressional staff organization. They host a variety of social, networking and community service events on the Hill. E-mail jewishstaffers@yahoo.com.

Congressional Legislative Staff Association

The CLSA is a nonpartisan, professional organization dedicated to providing increased professional opportunities to the legislative staff of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Currently, the CLSA has over 500 members, comprised of Legislative Directors, Press Secretaries, Schedulers, Legislative Assistants, Legislative Correspondents, Staff Assistants, and Committee Staff, representing congressional offices in every state in the United States . The CLSA serves as conduit for panel discussions, briefings, and embassy functions with diplomats from nations of vital interest to United States foreign policy. As of today, the CLSA has held joint meetings and receptions with over 100 embassies in Washington , DC . The Association holds timely briefings and seminars on topics of professional and personal interests to its members as well as charity and community functions in the surrounding areas. A job listing is also available for members’ exclusive use.

D.C. Young Republicans

D.C. Young Republicans are individuals who either live or work in the District of Columbia, and are between the ages of 18 and 40. We also have many associate members who do not meet those criteria. Our mission is to provide fun and educational programming for members as well as to support Republican candidates for public office. We take part in Republican activities in the D.C. community, doing everything from collecting goods for charity, to registering voters, to campaigning for Republican candidates. We are active both in Washington, D.C. proper, and in the greater Washington metropolitan area. We provide a unique opportunity for young professionals to meet decision makers in society, and get to know more like-minded individuals in and around D.C. Please see our website www.dcyrs.org for more information.

Glass Caucus

The Gay, Lesbian, and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus is a non-profit, non-partisan organization open to all whose purpose is to raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBT community, increase visibility and promote the welfare and dignity of LGBT employees of the United States Senate by providing a safe environment for social interaction and professional development.

Professionals in the City

Professionals in the City exists to create a positive and exciting environment for professionals in the greater DC area. With well over 50,000 DC subscribers to its free weekly email listing of events, Professionals in the City is the largest social and networking group in the greater DC area. During this year alone, it is hosting over 400 DC events, from sports activities to nightclub openings to embassy parties. A “typical” event gets around 200 people, although its events range in size from as few as 10 people (for an event like its tour of Annapolis by sea kayak) to well over 1,000 people (for some of its nightclub openings). For more information, or to join Professionals in the City’s email list to receive weekly emails of its events, please visit the website or call 202-686-5990.

Things To Do D.C.

THINGS TO DO D.C (TTD) is the largest organization for socializing and networking in the Washington metropolitan area. With over 75,000 active members, TTD produces original events that enrich your social and cultural experiences while enabling you to meet other young professionals in a friendly environment. From black tie galas to embassy affairs, informational seminars to outdoor adventure, nightclub parties to exotic long weekend vacations, TTD combines 30 years of event planning experience with dynamic imagination to provide something for every young professional. So, whether you’re looking for new friends, new business contacts, or a potential soul mate, TTD brings together the best people and places Washington has to offer. For more information and to join our free weekly email list, please visit our www.thingstodoDC.com or call (301) 519 8030.

U.S. Capitol Historical Society

A private, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society is chartered by Congress to interpret and preserve the history of the U.S. Capitol and U.S. Congress. Since 1962, the Society has produced educational programs and publications to foster, through the story of the Capitol Building and the U.S. Congress, an understanding of the richness and inspiration of American History. Its We, the People guidebook to the Capitol has been placed in the hands of over five million people. The Society sponsors annual scholarly conferences and fellowship programs that contribute fresh and important research on our nation’s democratic and cultural traditions. The Society has a number of events throughout the year.

U.S. Senate Toastmasters

Toastmasters provides a supportive environment for people to learn public speaking skills. The U.S. Senate Toastmasters Club is made up of about 25 members who meet on the first and third Fridays of every month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385. To find out more about the U.S. Senate Toastmasters Club, visit their website.

Women in Government Relations

Calling all Hill staffers: Are you looking for an opportunity to network with some of D.C.’s top government relations professionals? Well, look no further! Since its founding in 1975, Women in Government Relations, Inc. continues to be one of the most active and respected non-profit, non-partisan government relations associations in the Washington area. WGR provides members with the educational programming and major networking opportunities to further their career development and professional growth. WGR membership includes over 650 women and men who represent corporations, trade associations, public interest groups, and federal, state and local governments.

Women’s Congressional Golf Association

The WCGA is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-political organization. The WCGA’s primary goals are to foster fellowship and promote golfing opportunities among women who are current or former congressional staffers. WCGA members also aspire through charitable endeavors and community involvement to enhance athletic opportunities for all girls and women. The WCGA was founded in 1999 by Senate staffers Sandra King and Tamara Somervilland now has about 100 active members. The group invites all current or former women congressional staffers and Members who would like to play golf to join the WCGA.