In order to understand the political temperature of Idaho legislature and better advocate for the professional issues of our membership, AIA Idaho board contracted with lobbyist Teresa Harper to keep our members informed and updated on what is important to the architectural community. 

We welcome Teresa Harper to the AIA Idaho team. Teresa attends and monitors legislative committees, legislative interim and study committees, and regulatory activity where architects' interests are discussed.

Teresa regularly attends AIA Idaho board meetings and provides counsel to the board on political strategy and policy, assists with preparations for the legislative session and familiarizes Idaho legislators with the goals and objectives of AIA Idaho.

Teresa has been lobbying the Idaho legislature for almost 15 years. During that time, she has worked on issues ranging from unemployment insurance to aquifer recharge to urban renewal, and everything in between. A Boise native, she started her government relations career with the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI) in 2003, worked in-house at Elam & Burke law firm in Boise, and eventually started her own government relations consulting business in 2011. 

Teresa earned a J.D. from the law school at University of Montana and also holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in theatre from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. 

Teresa will provide regular legislative updates in the monthly AIA Idaho newsletter for our membership. Please send aiaidaho@aiaidaho.com an email to subscribe.

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