Active Policy Solutions



“Active Policy Solutions has been an invaluable partner in helping Action for Healthy Kids expand its perspective on policy matters, strategize and begin taking action in ways we couldn’t have anticipated just two years ago. While we know that accomplishing any policy initiative takes persistence over time, due to APS’s experience, willingness to listen to and understand our needs, and strong connections in the policy world, I’m confident we’re on the road to significantly impacting the health of kids nationwide. It’s been a pleasure working with the APS team so far, and I look forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration!”

~Rob Bisceglie, CEO, Action for Healthy Kids

“Terri and the team at APS have a great work ethic. Their strength is founded in a disciplined approach to educate government policy makers on the benefit of sport in modern society and they’re able to get Members of Congress compelled to sign legislation. They tirelessly work for the betterment of young people and they’re respectful along the way. I would recommend APS if you’re interested in coalition building, government education and someone you can trust to put in monumental effort to get things done.”

~Keri King, Co-Chair, PLAY Sports Coalition & CEO, Triple Crown Sports

“Active Policy Solutions has been a key partner in building and strengthening JED’s network among policymakers and with other mental health organizations. Through their expertise and insight in government affairs, our organization’s strategy for school mental health advocacy and comprehensive suicide prevention planning continues to expand to important avenues in mental health policy. Their connections and understanding of the industry places them as a valuable partner. With APS’ help, we are laying a good foundation to advance our cause to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults.”

~John MacPhee, Executive Director/CEO, The Jed Foundation

“Active Policy Solutions has been a great fit for the needs of NCYS. It’s allowed us to have a presence on Capitol Hill without having a Washington, D.C. Government Relations office. We’ve been pleased with the efforts of APS in notifying and educating us on legislative and policy matters affecting the youth sports sector. Additionally, APS has provided support to NCYS on numerous projects through the years and has helped us in a variety of ways including but not limited to providing advice, scheduling meetings with Congressional offices and drafting talking points. The APS team’s insight, knowledge and work ethic have been great.”

Wayne Moss, Executive Director, National Council of Youth Sports

“Girls on the Run International has benefitted from the expertise of the Active Policy Solutions team for over six years.  APS has helped us advance our mission and we are grateful for the genuine passion and unwavering commitment that Terri Lakowski has for our nation’s youth.  Terri and her team have strong relationships with key policy makers, a deep understanding of the legislative landscape and a proven ability to drive progress and advance initiatives that are critical to enhancing the lives of children.  We value our partnership with APS and enjoy the strong collaborative spirit that exists between our teams.”

~Elizabeth Kunz, Chief Executive Officer, Girls on the Run International

“As leaders of interscholastic programs, high school and middle school athletic administrators possess a continual desire to grow professionally and be on the cutting edge of challenging issues. Directors of athletics aspire to offer safe and plentiful athletic opportunities for student-athletes by being prepared, knowledgeable and aware of best practices. Active Policy Solutions has provided the opportunity for our members to stay abreast of national issues affiliated with sport, awareness of Congressional happenings effecting education-based athletic programs and implementation of policy. APS has provided the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) an inside look, a persistence voice, and the experience of communicating our view on key issues.”

~Dr. Mike Blackburn, CMAA, Executive Director, National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association

“We have so much respect for the Active Policy Solutions team. They have made a real difference in our efforts to promote our solutions across the nation. The team helped us verify facts to support discussions and saved us valuable time digging through research and resources. In a tough sales market, we need every advantage we can get to overcome the obstacles and beat out the competition!”

~Traci Neely, President, Rank One Health

“Active Policy Solutions has been a central resource in our advocacy efforts since we contracted with them 3 years ago. In normal times, the higher education space is dynamic and complicated; certainly over the last 7 months, the complexity has only increased. Terri and Jason have been committed partners in not only providing focused and substantive environmental scanning through their policy pages, but by keeping a watchful eye on those key issues that are most important to our members — both on a day-to-day basis and as we look to the future. Our work as an association has only benefited from this collaboration, and the expertise that Active Policy Solutions offers. Thank you!”

Mary DeNiro, CEO, ACUHO-I

“In today’s world, politics and policy touch nearly every organization. I’m grateful for our partnership with Active Policy Solutions’ leadership and talent in monitoring and advocating the federal and state political landscapes for the issues, concerns, and updates that my members care most about. Serving the higher education industry, ACPA relied heavily on Active Policy Solutions for helping us understand and translate activities in the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Education, other federal agencies, and every state legislature in ways that my members could easily identify and learn.” Read More

Chris Moody, Executive Director, ACPA

“Terri Lakowski has built her career on the importance of Title IX and the importance of women’s sports, so she and the Active Policy Solutions team were a natural choice to partner with us at USA Cheer as we sought to develop STUNT as a high school and collegiate sport.  In earning NCAA Emerging Sport Status, we will be able to grow this sport to even more athletes!  Every step of the way, Terri and her team have been there to help us navigate important issues that face student athletes from Title IX to sport safety!”

Lauri Harris, Executive Director, USA Cheer

“The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) has had the distinct honor and privilege of being associated with Terri Lakowski for many years now working on issues of national importance and impact for students with physical disabilities. Terri’s background in sport, education, and civil rights issues gives her a unique perspective and ability to provide quality guidance in addressing these issues. Terri has established strong working relationships with a multitude of national organizations and individuals in this industry while working to develop collaborations in establishing the most effective outcomes and results. Our organization has benefitted greatly from Terri’s insight, assistance and expertise.”

~Bev Vaughn, Executive Director, American Association of Adapted Sports Programs

“What makes Active Policy Solutions unique from other firms is that they truly “get it” — from being substantive experts in youth sports policy, understanding the unique needs of a nonprofit, and providing a culture and relationship style that is directly consistent with our organization’s values. Not only that, but they have a track record of success that demonstrates they know how to get work done in Washington.”

Paul Caccamo, Executive Director, Up2Us

“Terri is a connector and has the ability to open doors and is able to champion our cause through many avenues. Her easy going approach reaches many and she has built a great foundation for us to build upon in the future.”

Amy E. Rauworth, MS, RCEP, Chief of Development and Strategic Partnerships, The Lakeshore Foundation