Federal Advocacy Representatives
AOA Federal Advocacy Representatives (FAR) are your direct, in-state link to AOA’s federal advocacy efforts. Each state has at least one FAR and they serve as your local resource for all things AOA federal advocacy—they share the latest news and updates from the nation’s capital, help lead grassroots efforts to connect you with your lawmakers on key legislative priorities, and they retain and recruit new AOA-PAC investors and guide the AOA-PAC giving strategy. Click on your state below to connect with your FAR(s) and learn what steps you can take today to get more involved in AOA federal advocacy.
*Applicable to all states: Margaret Read, O.D., is the AFOS AOA-FAR and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about the priority federal issues that hundreds of optometrists and optometry students will take to Capitol Hill as part of optometry’s single-largest annual advocacy gathering, April 14-16, and how you can join.
Although about 13% of the U.S. population is Black, they are woefully underrepresented in optometry. They represent about 2% of practicing doctors of optometry and a little over 3% of full-time students in optometry schools and colleges, according to studies. Black doctors of optometry seek to grow those numbers.