Faculty Publications

Pat Libby

The Lobbying Strategy Handbook


The Lobbying Strategy Handbook shows how students with passion for a cause can learn to successfully influence lawmaking in the United States. The centerpiece of this book is a 10-step framework that walks the reader through the essential elements of conducting a lobbying campaign.

The framework is illustrated by three separate case studies that show how groups of people have successfully used the model. Undergraduate, graduate students, and anyone interested in making a difference can use the book to help guide them in creating and conducting a grassroots campaign from start to finish.


Clinical Professor; Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Ed. & Research

MA Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Leadership Studies

Pat Libby, clinical professor, created and directs the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research. A Boston native, she has worked as a CEO, board member, and consultant to numerous nonprofits since 1978. Her last executive management position was as president/CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations which she developed into a nationally recognized organization responsible for leveraging hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment for CDCs. In addition, she taught nonprofit management for eight years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a lecturer at San Diego State University where she taught courses in both nonprofit management and business ethics. Libby holds a graduate degree in Urban Planning from MIT.


"The three greatest strengths of this text are its readability – taking a complex activity (lobbying) and breaking it down into ten digestible steps is very appealing; examples – real life applicability that allow the instructor to get inspired and to emulate the examples & exercises; the questions at the end of the chapters." -- Priscilla Allen 

"I really liked the writing style! It was warm and personable. I loved the first sentence of the introduction. I feel the authors challenge students to think critically! The discussion questions will make for interesting class discussions. I like that the author has broken the ten step process into multiple chapters. That makes it easier from a lecture standpoint! Good procedural steps, and tips on doing regional analysis. The discussion is current and easy to understand." -- Louis Laster

"The manuscript unfolds in an organic manner that generally introduces new material in the order that it will make the most sense to students. The great strength of the manuscript is its encouraging tone. The challenge we face is engaging our students for a lifetime of advocacy. We walk a fine line between giving enough information so that our students can have an initial successful advocacy experience and pouring on so much information that the task seems impossibly discouraging. In general the Handbook successfully meets this challenge." -- Warren Yoder


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