Participants in the Grassroots Program are CalCPA members who recognize the difference that individuals can make in the legislative process on behalf of the profession, their clients, and the public. Legislators often base decisions upon communications they receive from constituents; therefore, it is essential for CalCPA members to establish a connection with their elected representatives. The CalCPA government relations team carefully watches events in the legislature and alerts members in the Grassroots Program when a hot issue requires grassroots participation. Participants will then be able to call upon their relationship with their elected official and provide a localized perspective of the political impact of legislation.  

Grassroots Activities

  • Educate your local legislators on the issues affecting you and your clients.
  • Know your legislators’ background and issue priorities.
  • Develop a personal, constituent relationship with the legislator based on mutual trust and respect.  
  • Be aware of pending legislation or regulations that may affect the profession.
  • Reinforce the constituent relationship with your legislator by regularly communicating professional issues that may be of interest to him or her and the staff.

Members can make a difference by contacting elected officials and becoming a liaison between them and CalCPA. If you have a relationship with a legislator, or are willing to establish one, please join and have your voice heard.  

If you do not personally know a lawmaker, do not let that deter you. The government relations and grassroots team will assist you in the process. Party affiliation should not be an obstacle. You need not be a member of his or her political party to establish a relationship. Remember, your legislator represents the entire district.

CalCPA Members: Join the CalCPA grassroots campaign today by contacting the CalCPA Government Relations team at (916) 441-5351 or by email at!