Join us for a conversation with U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernández (D-NM) and the Authors Guild’s lobbyist, Marla Grossman. Leger Fernández sponsored both the Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA) and the 21st Century Federal Writers Project. This discussion will address the importance of authors and other creative professionals as a driving force in both our culture and the economy. We will ask the congresswoman about her legislative efforts to provide grant opportunities to put artists to work, as well as our proposed legislative amendments to enable authors and other freelance creators to engage in collective bargaining.


Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández represents New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. In Washington, she holds a leadership role with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as Freshman Representative. Congresswoman Leger Fernández serves as chair of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States for the 117th Congress. She has also been appointed to the House Committee on Education and Labor, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and the Committee on House Administration.

Marla Grossman is one of the country’s preeminent government relations attorneys. A former Peabody Award winner and counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, she helps authors and others in the creative industries with strategic public policy planning and representation before the White House, U.S. federal agencies, and Congress. Ms. Grossman received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.