The Advocacy Day Committee is comprised of a group of exceptional and dedicated volunteers. The goal of the Committee is to advance RESOLVE’s Federal Advocacy Day, an annual event focused on patient advocacy for access to care for all people challenged in their family building. It is the Committee’s mission to ensure the success of Advocacy Day; virtually and in-person, for the patient community and, in partnership with RESOLVE staff, is responsible for everything, from pre-event preparations to post-event planning. Committee Volunteers work on a variety of different initiatives and projects including but not limited to event marketing, communications, recruitment, State Captain program, patient outreach and engagement, and more!

Volunteers consist of a broad network of individuals including those on their family building journey, those who are resolved, family members, family building and healthcare professionals, and advocates. Click on the tabs below to learn about the Committee and ways to get involved.

Meet the 2021 Co-Chairs

Joe Cody

Joe CodyJoe Cody has been active in RESOLVE Advocacy Day since 2018, previously serving on the Volunteer Training Committee, as a Maryland State Captain, and as Advocacy Day Co-chair in 2020. He is dedicated to increasing access to family building options and has been blown away by the support and energy from RESOLVE volunteers. He believes stories from constituents and experts like Advocacy Day attendees move policy, drive support, and create real change. He has lived in Washington DC since 2008, where he has worked for a Member of Congress, served as a health policy consultant, and provided health care related government relations and regulatory analysis for multiple medical associations for over a decade. He lives just outside DC in Silver Spring, Maryland with his fantastically supportive wife, Jackie, their IVF baby Kate, and their dog, Fuskie.

Jesse Fiest

The year, 2021, will mark Jesse Feist’s fifth year of attending RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day and her second as Co-Chair of the event.

As Co-Chair, Jesse is interested in promoting an inclusive atmosphere, assuring attendees feel empowered by their experience, and maximizing our reach as a virtual presence.

She is honored to be in her sixth year of work in the field of surrogacy and egg donation as both a program and project manager as well as a marketing specialist. Jesse works remotely from my home office in Northern Virginia. Prior to her current role, she was a Virginia Magistrate. I have a law degree from Wayne State Law School and a B.A. in Anthropology.

She is originally from Michigan. My husband and I have a very fun loving three-year-old daughter. Her interests include mixed-media art, comedy, spending time with family, listening to podcasts, and advocating for access to family-building options.

Structure of Volunteer Committee

The Volunteer Committee has two Chairs who provide leadership, delegation, and coordination efforts for the full Committee. Co-Chairs also assist as the official liaisons between the Committee, RESOLVE and ASRM staff members.

The Committee is divided up into specialized sub-committees for marketing, recruitment, State Captain Program management, letter campaign management and more! Sub-committees and the size of the Committee may change from year to year based on the needs and tasks for Advocacy Day.

If you are interested in learning more about the overview of the Committee, roles, and tasks, you can view the Volunteer Committee Manual here and attend the Volunteer Committee Informational Webinar.

How Do I Get Involved?

We are always looking for enthusiastic new volunteers to join the Committee! Each year in the Fall, we host a Volunteer Committee Informational Webinar where RESOLVE, ASRM, and Committee Co-Chairs provide information on opportunities available for individuals, time expectations for roles, and additional details. After the webinar, you will be invited to complete a volunteer application, which will be reviewed by Co-Chairs and staff.

Note: You can apply to be a Volunteer Committee Member or Mentor and a State Captain.

Volunteer Committee Member Application – Open to any volunteer who would like to help with 2021 Advocacy Day event tasks that can include recruitment, outreach, State
Captain program support, letter campaign, attendee engagement and more. No prior advocacy or committee experience needed. Application closes December 3rd at midnight.

Mentor Application – Mentors are experienced volunteers who have previously served on the committee and are available to provide support and guidance to a new Committee member that they will be paired with. Application closes December 3rd at midnight.

State Captain Application – Experienced advocates who have previously attended either a RESOLVE/ASRM Federal or State Advocacy Day. State Captains help to organize, support, and train their state delegation for their meetings with their Members of Congress. Application is rolling. Will close when spots are filled. Apply early to secure your spot!

If you have additional questions and would like to express your interest in volunteer opportunities, please email info@resolve.org.

2021 Volunteer Committee Members

Once selected, we will add their names and committees to the website.