We’re excited to provide professional political communications services to bridge the gap between lawmakers and constituents on complex issues in science and technology.
In the 21st century, politicians and government tackle many issues in science and technology such as:
- High-tech manufacturing
- Environment and climate
- Science funding to drive novel biomedical breakthroughs
- Supply chain and manufacturing issues
- Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)
- Defense technologies
- And so much more…
Most lawmakers on the federal, state, and local levels don’t have a science degree. They aren’t experts in science and technology, and that makes writing policies difficult without input from stakeholders who know their stuff in the science and tech world. What’s more, many people interfacing with the US political process aren’t experts in it, either. We can help!
What we can do for you
POLITICIANS: We can help you craft bipartisan narratives around science and tech as needed for your political campaign. We can also consult on science and tech speechwriting points.
- Strategic messaging for political campaigns, speeches, etc.
- Social media content
- Policy analysis
CONSTITUENTS: Whether you’re a single person or a small business, we can help you craft narratives and documents for meetings and correspondence with lawmakers regardless of their political party. We can also advise you on best communications strategies.
- One-pagers for in-person meetings with lawmakers
- White papers
- Strategic messaging
About Fancy Comma, LLC’s political expertise
Fancy Comma, LLC’s founder, Sheeva Azma, has been working on political campaigns her whole life. In high school, she volunteered for local, state, and national campaigns as a red state Democrat growing up in her home state of Oklahoma. You can learn more about Sheeva’s involvement in politics and science policy at the podcast When Science Speaks. As a freelance science and tech writer, Sheeva continues to participate in the legislative process. She has written white papers to be read by Members of Congress on issues such as high-tech manufacturing and smart law enforcement reforms.
In 2004, Sheeva served on the campaign staff of the Brad Carson for OK Senate campaign, which election analyst Stuart Rothenberg called “almost certainly the best run senate campaign” of 2004. Since then, Sheeva has also worked on political campaigns in Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. She is involved in voter canvassing, digital communications strategy, event planning, data entry, and public-facing campaign communications (such as refining phone banking scripts to capture constituents’ attention). She has advised political candidates from the city council to the US Senate on best practices for communication.
In graduate school, Sheeva was a Society for Neuroscience Early Career Policy Fellow and worked at the DC-area think tank, the Potomac Institute, as a graduate student. You can read her policy paper on the use of brain imaging to study poverty, published in the Potomac Institute’s academic journal, here.
In 2017, Sheeva worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern. As an intern, Sheeva worked to brief staffers in diverse topic areas including health, science, biomedical research, immigration, defense, and more. She applied her research and writing skills to attend briefings and deliver memos quickly within an hour. After working in Congress, Sheeva spent several years analyzing US-China trade, and specifically, tracking China-related Congressional legislation, for a DC-based think tank. Sheeva is well-versed in Congressional policy analysis and, as she has done her whole life, often watches CSPAN for fun.
To learn more, get in touch!