TNOTA Lobbyist

TNOTA employs a lobbying firm to represent the interests of our organization to state lawmakers and advocate for our profession. Our lobbyists serve as advisors to TNOTA on legislative and administrative issues that arise which may affect occupational therapy practice and education. They monitor legislation and track regulatory and administrative rule changes that impact OT practitioners. Our lobbyists assist with drafting legislation and talking points to ensure TNOTA's voice is represented to lawmakers. In addition, they provide training to our members in the areas of advocacy and ethics & jurisprudence.

 

Congratulations to our outgoing lobbyist, John Williams!

TNOTA would like to congratulate John Williams, who served as our lobbyist from 2006-2019, on his retirement. During his tenure, John has been an invaluable resource to TNOTA members. His knowledge, dedication, and passion for the advancement of occupational therapy is appreciated and will be missed. Congratulations, John!

 

Meet TNOTA's new lobbying firm, Capitol & 5th Public Strategies

Capitol and 5th Public Strategies is an independent government relations firm that has over a decade of experience at the legislature working in the field of healthcare and human services. Their team consults with clients to develop and execute strategies to advance their legislative goals at every level of government in Tennessee. They facilitate direct engagement with policymakers, establish a network of allies for clients, and position resources to maximize the most favorable result on existing and emerging policy. Their exceptional relationships with key decision makers in the industry allow them to engage quickly with the right people when a legislative issue arises. Capitol & 5th values transparency and consistent communication with their clients to give them real-time information on their project. 
 
The firm was founded by three partners, Courtney Atnip, J.A. Bucy, and Dustin Goforth. In 2018, two additional support staff members, Heather Meshell and Erika Thomas, were hired to assist with the firm’s growth. Capitol & 5th offers an integrated approach to meet their clients’ needs and advocate for their positions.