2023 ANCOR Policy Summit & Hill Day

Anchored by our commitment to advocating on behalf of community providers who make inclusion a reality each and every day, the 2023 Policy Summit & Hill Day will bring together 250 national leaders to learn about and advocate for what’s new, now and next for community disability services.

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The 2023 Policy Summit & Hill Day invites members and friends of the ANCOR community to Washington, DC at a compelling time. Facing a divided Congress with razor-thin margins in both Chambers, ANCOR’s approach and commitment to bipartisanship has never been more critical, as we continue to strengthen the direct support workforce and ensure provider sustainability.

Anchored by our commitment to advocating on behalf of the community providers who make inclusion a reality each and every day, ANCOR’s 2023 Policy Summit & Hill Day will bring together 250 national leaders to learn about and advocate for what’s new, now and next for community disability services.

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2023 Policy Summit & Hill Day is Sold Out

The 2023 ANCOR Policy Summit & Hill Day is officially SOLD OUT, and registration is now closed. We look forward to welcoming registered and confirmed attendees to the heart of Capitol Hill!


Rachel Patterson, White House Domestic Policy Council, to Keynote 2023 Policy Summit

Headshot of Rachel Patterson

We are delighted to announce the addition of Rachel Patterson as a keynote speaker at ANCOR’s 2023 Policy Summit & Hill Day!
Patterson is the Director of Disability Policy for the White House Domestic Policy Council. In that role, she drives the development and implementation of the President’s disability policy priorities in the White House and across the Federal government. Patterson has a background in disability and health care policy and advocacy and has served at several disability advocacy organizations in Washington, DC.


Jake Sherman, Leading Reporter and Best-Selling Author, to Keynote 2023 Policy Summit

Headshot of Jake Sherman

ANCOR is proud to announce Jake Sherman will be the Summit’s keynote speaker. An esteemed reporter and news media innovator, Sherman has been a go-to source for the latest news on Congress, congressional leadership, and the politics of legislating for more than a decade. With incomparable access to the highest offices in Washington, he is an expert on the policies, players, and personalities driving politics today. Sherman is the Co-Founder of Punchbowl News and is a political contributor to MSNBC and NBC News, appearing on television from the Capitol almost daily.

This agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Monday, October 9

5:30-6:30 pm
Advocacy Teams Meet Up

Our advocacy is stronger when our voices come together, which is why we establish Advocacy Teams for our annual Hill Day. In this fast-paced orientation session, you’ll have the chance to get meet the other members of your Advocacy Team and get to know each other through a fun team-building exercise. From there, you’ll get a preview of the agenda for this year’s Hill Day. You’ll also get access to all of the tools you need for successful advocacy visits on Capitol Hill, including an introduction to the app we’ll be using to enhance our efforts, key talking points for engaging with legislators, and answers to questions you may have as you get comfortable with communicating our message to lawmakers.

7-9 pm
ICF Community of Practice Dinner

Tuesday, October 10

8-9 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9-9:40 am
Summit Kickoff: Anchoring Our Advocacy

The 2023 Policy Summit & Hill Day takes place at a pivotal moment, with a divided Congress, narrow margins in both Chambers, and a forthcoming presidential election season that will soon be in high gear. Luckily, ANCOR’s commitment to bipartisanship has proven time and again to be a key ingredient in our success. To kickstart this year’s fall policy gathering, ANCOR’s Government Relations leaders will take stock of where our advocacy has led us over the past year and preview the path forward for advancing key issues on the horizon.


  • Yadira Holmes, Consumer Direct Care Network
  • Lori Kress, Dungarvin
  • Barbara Merrill, ANCOR
  • Josh Rael, Alliance

9:40-10:30 am
Morning Keynote: Disability Policy in the Biden White House

Start your day with an informative keynote presentation delivered by Rachel Patterson, Director of Disability Policy for the White House Domestic Policy Council. Patterson will provide valuable insights into the Biden administration’s priorities and initiatives for advancing a disability agenda that works for all. Her keynote address will cover the progress made so far and highlight how the White House is envisioning a future that prioritizes disability inclusion across an array of sectors.


  • Rachel Patterson, White House Domestic Policy Council

10:45-11:45 am
Federal Rulemaking: How Agency Actions Impact Community-Based Providers

This year, ANCOR led a strong advocacy campaign in response to the proposed HCBS Access Rule from CMS. But that rule is just one of the pressing regulations that ANCOR is tracking. During this session, we will cover other proposed rules from CMS, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor, all of which have the potential to impact providers across the country. ANCOR’s Government Relations team will delve into the federal rulemaking process and lead a discussion of these proposed and upcoming rules, including how you can take action.


  • Elise Aguilar, ANCOR
  • Noah Block, ANCOR
  • Lydia Dawson, ANCOR

11:45 am-1 pm
Lunch & Presentation of the 2023 Excellence in Public Policy Awards

Past Summit participants tell us that among all the things they love about this event, two are among the fan favorites: networking and celebrating! To give the people what they want, we’ll start with an unstructured networking lunch. From there, we’ll spend some time honoring the inspiring recipients of ANCOR’s 2023 Excellence in Public Policy Awards. Besides a delicious lunch, you’ll walk away having enjoyed some inspiring stories, and you’ll have made a few new contacts, too!

1-1:30 pm

1:30-2:30 pm
Afternoon Keynote Address: Politics with a Punch

Successful advocacy initiatives require keen and timely insights, which makes our afternoon keynote speaker the perfect addition to the Policy Summit mainstage. Jake Sherman, Co-Founder & CEO of Punchbowl News is a renowned journalist and political commentator known for his insightful analysis and coverage of the politics and policies that define Capitol Hill. In his keynote address, Sherman will take us behind the scenes of the political landscape, providing his unique perspective on the current state of affairs in Washington, particularly in the disability and human services sectors.


  • Jake Sherman, Punchbowl News

2:30-3:20 pm
Bipartisan Policymaking in the 118th Congress

This dynamic panel discussion will bring together leading staff from both sides of the aisle and both chambers of Congress who have been instrumental in shaping disability policy in the 118th Congress. Together, they’ll consider the importance of bipartisanship in disability policy and highlight key legislative initiatives that have garnered bipartisan support. Panelists will also share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities ahead and shed light on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that makes bipartisan legislation possible.


  • Seth Gold, U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee
  • Marielle Kress, U.S. Senate Finance Committee
  • Stuart Portman, U.S. Senate Finance Committee
  • Rick Van Buren, U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee
  • Elise Aguilar, ANCOR (moderator)
  • Al Guida, Guide Consulting (moderator)

3:30-4:20 pm
What’s New, Now & Next in the Federal Regulatory Landscape

Even five months after the public health emergency officially ended, a range of regulatory flexibilities remains in place to help states navigate the winding down of the pandemic and make permanent those flexibilities that have enabled lasting positive change. Meanwhile, federal agencies are looking ahead to what comes next as the service delivery system of today looks fundamentally different than what we’ve seen before. In this session, two long-time friends of the ANCOR community will discuss how their influential federal agencies are thinking about the current landscape of services and their priorities for supporting inclusive communities moving forward.


  • Alison Barkoff, Administration for Community Living
  • Melissa Harris, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

4:30-5:30 pm
Networking Reception featuring The Capitol Fools!

We’ll kick off the evening’s activities with a reception full of laughter and fun at our networking reception featuring The Capitol Fools, a renowned comedy troupe specializing in political satire. The Capitol Fools will deliver their signature blend of comedy and political commentary, poking fun at the latest headlines and political happenings in a light-hearted and entertaining way. Their clever sketches and witty improvisations will have you LOLing, giving you fodder to network with colleagues after the performance. Exchange ideas, forge new partnerships, and meet your favorite new comedy troupe!

6-8 pm

To receive information about this event, you must opt into communications from the ANCOR DC PAC. Opt in by completing this form or email Elise Aguilar for more information.

Wednesday, October 11

7:30-8:30 am
Power-Up Advocacy Breakfast on the Hill

Grab your breakfast to-go from the lobby of the Hyatt, and then head over to the Capitol building, where ANCOR’s community of advocates will meet up to kick off a day full of hundreds of advocacy visits. Together, we’ll recap the advocacy app, refresh your memory on key talking points, and help you ensure you feel fully comfortable with the logistics that will make for a successful Hill Day.

8:30 am-5 pm
Capitol Hill Visits

Hill visit times will vary. We are working to schedule your visits with congressional offices using Advocacy Associates. More information to come soon.

2:30-3:30 pm
Special Congressional Briefing on the DSP Workforce

7:15-10 pm
Moonlight Monuments Trolley Tour of DC

Unwind after a long day of Hill Visits and join ANCOR for a moonlight monuments trolley tour of DC! Our group will be picked up from the Summit hotel at 7:15 pm. Pre-registration is required.

After you register for the Summit, purchase your Moonlight Monuments tickets to join our ANCOR group! Enter the promo code “ANCOR” to receive a 20% discount.

Thursday, October 12

Optional opportunities to engage and explore DC with the ANCOR team. Advanced registration is required.

7-8 am
Coffee with Al Guida & ANCOR’s Government Relations Team

9-11 am
Morning Walk & Talk: Explore the National Mall with Barbara & the ANCOR Team

11:30 am-1 pm
Networking Lunch at One of Two D.C. Staples: Enjoy Art & Soul or The Dubliner

Registration for the 2023 ANCOR Policy Summit & Hill Day is now closed, as we are SOLD OUT.


Registering for the 2023 Policy Summit & Hill Day unlocks full access to all sessions, including expert political analysis and subject-matter expertise. You’ll also have access to dedicated assistance for scheduling one-on-one meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

Additionally, you’ll have access to a range of networking opportunities, including continental breakfast on Tuesday, October 10, and Wednesday, October 11, a hosted lunch on Tuesday and a reception on Tuesday evening.

Registration Type Cost
Member Early Bird (on or before Aug 11) $569
Member Standard $689
Non-Member Early Bird (on or before Aug 11) $799**
Non-Member Standard $899**

**Not a member but interested in joining the ANCOR community? Contact Lauren Middleberg by email.


We’re here to help! Reach out by email or call 703.535.7850.

Overflow Hotel

UPDATE (08/29/23): Due to unprecedented demand for ANCOR’s Policy Summit & Hill Day, the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill has sold out of rooms at the contracted block rate on Wednesday, October 11. Therefore, we have secured a block of overflow rooms at the Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill (525 New Jersey Avenue NW), less than one block from the Hyatt. Rooms at the Hilton are available through September 19 starting at $329/night and can be booked using our dedicated link.

Summit Venue

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

ANCOR is back in the heart of Capitol Hill for this year’s Policy Summit & Hill Day. The venue for this year’s Summit is the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, which is only a few blocks away from the Capitol and the offices of your elected officials.

ANCOR has secured a discounted room rate for participants in the 2023 Policy Summit of $289/night plus applicable taxes and fees for single- and double-occupancy rates.

The deadline to take advantage of this rate is September 15, 2023, and please note that the block is sold out for the night of Wednesday, October 11.

To make your hotel reservations, please visit our dedicated hotel block webpage or call 888.421.1442. If you call, please indicate that you are participating in the 2023 Policy Summit and ask for the ANCOR rate. Contact Sasha Sencer ( or 919.270.0773) if you need assistance.

Getting to Washington, DC

The closest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and we recommend flying into National it it’s only five miles from the Summit venue and accessible by taxi, rideshare service (e.g., Lyft or Uber) or public transit (i.e., Metrorail Blue Line).


Other area airports include Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), which is about 30 miles from the Summit venue, and Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), which is about 35 miles from the Summit venue.

For those located in East Coast cities served by Amtrak, you may find traveling by train to be the most efficient and affordable option. Amtrak serves Washington’s Union Station, which is a seven-minute walk from the Summit venue.


Getting Around Washington, DC


If you fly into Washington National Airport, taxis are available, as are rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. The cost of these options depends on level of service and time of day.

Metrorail, the D.C. area’s subway system, is also a convenient option for travelers flying into Washington National Airport.

From the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station, take the Blue Line in the direction of Largo Town Center and transfer to the Red Line at Metro Center Station, or take the Yellow Line in the direction of Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center and transfer to the Red Line at Gallery Place/Chinatown Station. Take the Red Line in the Direction of Glenmont or Silver Spring and get off at Union Station. From there, the Summit venue is a 0.4-mile walk along E Street NW.

As any Washingtonian will tell you, you should check Metro’s operating status before deciding to use this option. The system tends to be efficient and reliable, but weekend track work or other delays can make for a long trip.


Registrations canceled on or before September 15, 2023, will be fully refunded, less an administrative fee of $199. Cancellation requests must be made in writing via email to [email protected] no later than 11:59 PDT on September 15, 2023. No refunds will be issued on or after September 16, 2023.


All registrants are entitled to one no-cost substitution provided that (1) the substitution request is submitted in writing via email to [email protected] no later than 11:59 pm PDT on September 15, 2023, and (2) the registration is transferred to another employee of the original registrant’s organization. Registrants are not permitted to substitute someone from a different organization in their place. Subsequent substitutions after the first, as well as substitutions requested on or after September 16, 2023, will incur a $99 administrative fee.


We’re here to help! Email [email protected] or call 703.535.7850.