Congressional Tech Staff Association

 A bipartisan group of thirty senior tech staffers on the Hill formed CTSA. The founders leveraged their resources, contacts, and combined knowledge and formed the association’s first board of directors to govern CTSA in its primary mission of elevating congressional staff’s technical expertise and understanding of technology policy. CTSA does not take an official stance on policy. Instead, we seek to help provide tech staff with resources they need to better serve their Members, Committees, and the institution of Congress, regardless of political affiliation and ideological stance. FAQ are below.

Community

Foster a more visible, cohesive community of tech staffers within Congress.

Policy

Create a forum for engagement, discussion, and education regarding technology policy and emerging issues.

Professional Development

Drive professional development programs and educational opportunities.

Networking

Form a robust professional network for staffers, stakeholders, and policymakers in and out of Congress.

What is the purpose of CTSA?

CTSA brings together a growing number of professional staff who are passionate about technology issues for the purpose of policy and strategic development, growing relationships internally and externally, and collaborating to maximize efforts. CTSA does not take an official stance on policy, instead we seek to help provide tech staff with resources they need to better serve their Members, Committees, and the institutions of Congress, regardless of political affiliation and ideological stance.

What are CTSA's objectives?

CTSA has four standing objectives:

  1. Foster a more visible, cohesive community of tech staffers within Congress;
  2.  Create an objective educational forum on the institutional role Congress and federal agencies play in driving technology policy to build tech staffers technical and policy expertise;
  3. Drive professional development opportunities and programs;
  4. Create a robust professional network for staffers, stakeholders, and policymakers in and out of Congress.

Is CTSA bipartisan?

CTSA is proudly nonpartisan.  The goal is to help tech staffers better serve their Members regardless of political affiliation.

Does CTSA take an official stance on issues?

CTSA takes no official stance on tech issues and does not form, direct, or advocate policy or legislation.

How do I qualify for membership?

Members must be fellows, detailees, or full-time permanent staff employed by the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate.  While CTSA is intended for staff whose main portfolio focuses on technology policy, tech issues, systems admins, and digital and social media directors, all staffers who are passionate about technology or are interested in learning more are welcome to attend our events and apply for membership.

Who leads CTSA?

A bipartisan group of tech staffers on the Hill formed CTSA to increase the expertise of technology policy and technical expertise. The founders banded together to leverage their resources, contacts, and combined knowledge to elevate the understanding of tech in Congress.  Led by an Executive Staff, appointed by a Board of Directors, CTSA seeks to foster a community, facilitate networking both in and off the hill, and create a forum for professional development.

Who Are the Executive Staff in the 115th Congress?

Executive Director: Madison Smith (R)
Executive Director: Svetlana Matt (D)
Membership Director: Amy Murphy
External Affairs Director: Mike Flynn
Professional Development Director: Burak Guvensoylar
Social Events Director: Victoria Rivas
Communications Director: Landon Zinda

What sort of events will you hold?

CTSA seeks to foster a sense of community, facilitate networking both in and off the Hill, and create a forum for professional development.  We will hold happy hours, briefings, working groups, roundtables, private gatherings, dinners and other events to accomplish these missions.  Participants will range from Members, caucuses, staffers, and other stakeholders.  If you’re interested in tech, you will have a number of opportunities to engage in a variety of venues and settings.

Who are the founding members of CTSA?

CTSA was founded in 2015 by thirty House and Senate staffers that were passionate about technology policy:

Yuri Beckelman
Slade Bond
Austin Carson
Jay Cho
Casey Fitzpatrick
Mike Flynn
Melissa Froelich
Tyler Grimm
Burak Guvensoylar
ZJ Hull
Corey Jacobson
Scott Johnson
Andrew Lachman
Nick Leiserson
Jessica Levandowski
Eve Lieberman
Svetlana Matt
Margaret McCarthy
Andrew Mooney
Sasha Moss
Amy Murphy
Reagan Payne
Pete Sanborn
Madison Smith
Lauren Soltani
Troy Stock
Kelsey Wall
Matt Weiner
Scott Wilson
Thomas Woodburn

Are there dues associated with CTSA?

There are no membership dues at this time.