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The Pacific South Coast Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in San Diego, Orange, and Imperial counties, and the Hawaiian Islands, and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


Government Relations Committee Member

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Blanca Buelna

The Government Relations Committee is a collective of highly engaged and influential volunteers who exemplify that, “We are activists.” Members identify, evaluate and prioritize public policy issues; conduct policy research; establish and nurture relationships with legislators and other policy officials; determine legislative strategies and tactics; and recruit, train and engage volunteers for MS activism. The GRC is distinct from other programs, such as self-help groups and has separate roles, goals and responsibilities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Join the chapter’s GRC team in carrying out our mission as MS Activists who participate and communicate with the team’s members, staff liaison and chairperson
  • Consider, evaluate and recommend opportunities to enhance the quality of life for those affected by multiple sclerosis, via state legislative and local public policy solutions
  • Recommend legislative strategies and tactics to resolve relevant public policy issues
  • Identify, forge and solidify relationships with policy makers such as key legislators or local officials and their staff, who serve on committees of influence, or identify constituents and volunteers to do so
  • Create and implement strategies to raise MS Activism awareness and recruit MS Activists
  • Participate in Action Alerts and encourage others to join and participate
  • Adhere to all lobbying regulations, state and federal
  • Serve on subcommittees or accept specific tasks as designated by the staff liaison and communicate actions or outcomes to the committee
  • Attend a minimum of three scheduled meetings annually


  • Interested persons should first contact the chapter staff liaison. Initial screening will consist of an interview with staff liaison and GRC chairperson and a written questionnaire. Following the screening, the staff liaison and GRC chair will discuss extending an invitation to attend a GRC meeting to the applicant. The applicant will become eligible for membership if he/she has attended two meetings and the committee votes to extend membership to the individual.

Length of Commitment

  • Two to three hours monthly, with additional hours possible during the legislative session. We ask that members factor in time to conduct legislative visits within their district and attend GRC meetings in person. Minimum of one -year commitment.
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