Grassroots Strategy LLC was founded by Emily Ogden to provide grassroots support for important issue campaigns as well as government relations services, political campaign management and other project-based work. 



A legislative agenda is much stronger if it reflects diverse voices from the community to create demand and pressure on lawmakers as they are making policy decisions. A grassroots campaign ensures policy decisions are sustainable over time by creating an awareness of issues and a demand for those to be implemented and continued after legislation is passed.

Emily Ogden has spent her entire professional career working on policy and legislation from a legal, governmental and non-profit perspective. She began her career with the Comptroller’s Office of Education Accountability where she was responsible for research for the legislature on a variety of issues including pre-k and school accountability. After law school, Emily specialized in education law at the firm Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop where she worked on litigation in areas such as special education, first amendment/constitutional law, and administrative hearings. She also lobbied on behalf of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents. In 2007 after the re-election of Governor Bredesen, Emily was asked to serve as Legislative Liaison with a particular focus in Governor Bredesen’s education legislative agenda. During this time, she helped to pass a major reform of the state’s education funding model “BEP 2.0” along with a cigarette tax increase to fund the cost of new spending in the new funding model. Most recently, Ogden has served as the Tennessee Political Director at Stand for Children, providing grassroots campaign support for the Race to the Top legislative package, continued funding for pre-k, and support for Governor Haslam’s tenure bill and charter legislation. 




Grassroots Strategy and Support - Provide enhanced services to clients with active legislation and policy issues by building coalitions, developing social media strategy and creating community outreach to ensure a more successful public policy campaign.

Government Relations - Issue advocacy and representation at the local, state or federal level.

Political Campaign Management - Campaign management or field director work for local, state or national level candidates with a particular emphasis on community building and grassroots organizing.

Project-based Clients - Expert support to private, governmental or non-profit groups on public policy projects and other business to business connections.

In the News

Lawmakers return to Nashville this week for a legislative session that should be shaped by election-year politics. Republicans hope to build on their nearly two-thirds majority in the General Assembly, but their strategy on how to do that is still being hashed out. Gov. Bill Haslam and leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives have each presented slightly different plans for the year ahead. http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120108/NEWS0201/301080039/TN-lawmakers-gear-up-fast-session-re-election?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Lawmakers face array of issues as session starts The Tennessee legislature reconvenes Tuesday for four months of debate over cutting Hope Scholarships, cutting taxes, altering the public meetings and records laws for local government, broadening gun laws and selling wine in grocery stores. Other top agenda items will include a new $7 million anti-crime initiative proposed last week by Gov. Bill Haslam, how to expand and contract different programs in a $32 billion state budget, and whether to revise some of last year’s major actions on evaluating teachers and requiring photo identification to vote. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jan/08/college-funds-taxes-top-agenda/

Home Visiting “The science is still accumulating. But a compelling message from biology is that if we want to chip away at poverty and improve educational and health outcomes, we have to start earlier. For many children, damage has been suffered before the first day of school.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/opinion/sunday/kristof-a-poverty-solution-that-starts-with-a-hug.html

The No Child Left Behind education law was cast as a symbol of possibility, offering the promise of improved schools for the nation’s poor and minority children and better prepared students in a competitive world. Yet after a decade on the books, President George W. Bush’s most hyped domestic accomplishment has become a symbol to many of federal overreach and Congress’ inability to fix something that’s clearly flawed. http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120108/NEWS08/301080076/Education-law-s-promise-falls-short-after-10-years?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|News|s



Emily Ogden

Grassroots Strategy LLC