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Introducing committees for our professional association! Recruitment now open

Oct 18, 2021

Are you a Government Social Media professional association member looking to engage in a big way? We’ve heard members want to get more involved in the professional community they know and love – and now there’s a way to do it with three new committees. 

Recruitment for GSM professional association committees is open now through Friday, November 5, 2021! We’re honored to have so many talented govies in the professional association. Committee membership is a way to directly impact the community, elevate your profession and get to know other dedicated government and education communicators. 

Learn more details about each committee below and complete your committee application. Not a professional association member yet? Become an association member for only $79/year.

Awards Committee

Co-chaired by Council Vice President & Midwest Region Representative Jessie Brown and Southeast Region Representative Chelsea Sawyer, this committee provides direction to maintain and grow an exceptional recognition program that empowers and celebrates work by individuals and agencies to elevate the socialgov profession. The Awards Committee generally involves more time commitment from January to March, as it involves judging and planning the Golden Post Awards ceremony.


The annual Golden Post Awards program honors outstanding use of social media by government agencies in the United States. At GSMCON2022, we’re bringing back our in-person Golden Post Awards ceremony! This awards program was completely revamped with new categories and a new judging system in 2020. It was held entirely online during the pandemic, so we’re looking forward to your help in making the in-person Dallas ceremony into an occasion to remember!

Membership Committee

When the socialgov community is aligned together, powerful things can happen — but, how do we keep social media professionals connected? That’s one crucial job of the Membership Committee!

Led by Northeast Region Representative Emily Allen Lucht and West Region Representative Zach Whitney, this committee supports the professional association membership experience by providing insight to recruit and retain members, identify their needs, facilitate connections with each other and their regional representatives, while also elevating the profession and member accomplishments.

Training Committee

As the social media landscape continues to evolve, it is essential that government social media managers evolve with it, and this committee is dedicated to do just that.

Your committee co-chairs, Federal Region Representative Justin H.S. Breaux and Southwest Region Representative Kristen Waggener, will lead committee members to identify best practices and develop tools that ensure members gain the skills to confidently and effectively communicate their organization's messages.

Apply to be involved!

If you’re a professional association member, we encourage you to submit your application by Friday, November 5, 2021 to be a part of the first-ever professional association committees.

Appointments are typically for one year, though recruitment for the first-ever committees is kicking off in October 2021, so the term for the inaugural committees is from November 2021 through June 2022. Committees generally meet via a one-hour Zoom meeting once per month, plus additional responsibilities outside of meetings.

Best communicate with the public you serve by becoming a part of the free Government Social Media network — only available to full/part-time employees of government or educational institutions. 

We support the largest network of government social media professionals in the U.S. by guiding government agencies through complex social media issues. Government Social Media helps you successfully communicate with the public you serve, protect your agency and keep public trust while finding your support community. 

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