Grace Terpstra is a recognized federal public policy advocate and strategist based in the heart of Washington, DC. Her career spans over 40 years in Washington and includes professional corporate and association positions as well as over 20 years of success as a business owner. She is a frequent public speaker, presenter and college lecturer, and has an extensive history working with all levels of elected officials, business leaders and non-profit organizations. She has had an integral role in building a myriad of coalitions, and associations as well as managing numerous issue advocacy and lobbying campaigns. Grace is also the founder of
"You Lobby Congress", a unique advocacy training and PAC fundraising tool providing a glimpse at the real life of a Member of Congress. www.youlobbycongress.com
Grace holds a B.A. degree from Mississippi State University and an M.B.A. from Marymount University of Virginia. Grace serves on the Advisory Board of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University. She has chaired the MSU DC alumni chapter and was named "2014 MSU Alumna of the Year". She is a member of the Board of Directors of LandCan (formerly Resources First Foundation) and of the Watergate West Corporation and serves on the Board of Trustees for Arena Stage (the largest theater in the US devoted to American voices). She is a long-standing member of the Marymount University President's Circle; a trained adult literacy tutor, serving the Washington DC Literacy Volunteers of America and devoted volunteer at WPFW.fm, a non-profit jazz and community affairs radio station in Washington, DC.
Grace was the recipient of the Mississippi Forestry Association's 2005 President's Citation for her efforts in securing government response and relief to Mississippi forest owners in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.