Many national organizations exist to support the advocacy and education needs of housing and community development professionals. On this panel, Joey Lindstrom (Manager for Field Organizing, National Low Income Housing Coalition – NLIHC) and Laura DeMaria (Executive Director, National Association for County Community and Economic Development – NACCED) discuss ways their organizations, based in Washington, DC, work together via coalitions to serve their members’ interests in the policy world, in order to change the conversation in Washington and preserve the programs that matter. The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. NLIHC has a Research Team; Policy Team; Field Team; and a Communications Team. The National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) is a membership organization that assists counties receiving direct assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Community Planning and Development (CPD) program. NACCED serves as voice in Washington on budgetary, programmatic, and regulatory issues pertaining to community development, economic development, and affordable housing, while providing year-round education and networking opportunities for members.