ASUM is a non-partisan, non-profit student lobbying organization that has been the student voice in government since 1975. Every student enrolled in a University of Missouri campus is a member. ASUM is involved in many political events on campus, assisting with voter registration, helping students with absentee ballots, organizing candidate forums, student issue surveys, and the state internship program.
Website: | Twitter: @ASUMMizzou

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG or Council) provides a forum for local governments of the bi-state St. Louis area to work together to solve problems that cross jurisdictional boundaries. The geographic region that East-West Gateway has served since 1965 is the 4,500 square miles encompassed by the City of St. Louis; Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis counties in Missouri; Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties in Illinois.
Website: | Twitter: @EWGateway

FOCUS St. Louis® is the region’s premier leadership organization. It’s a nonprofit that develops and connects diverse leaders from public, private, and civic sectors, and empowers them to work together to build a thriving St. Louis community. There are multiple entry points into the organization offering varying degrees of opportunity to widen your sphere of influence, engage in authentic relationships with other leaders, and ultimately impact the quality of life in our region.
Yemi Akande-Bartsch – Executive Director
Website: | Twitter: @FOCUSstl

The Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs was established in 2001 by the University of Missouri Board Of Curators, of representing a major commitment to public affairs education, research, and public service on the Columbia campus. Since then, the School has added faculty, redesigned the MPA Program, initiated an interdisciplinary Ph. D. program, and significantly increased research, public service, and outreach activities. In addition to its academic programs, the Truman School is home to the Institute of Public Policy, the Center for the Study of Organizational Change, the Rural Policy Research Institute, the P-20 Center for Education Policy Research and other affiliated research centers.
Website: | Twitter: @MizzouTSPA

The Missouri Municipal League was organized in 1934. Since its organization, its aim has been “to develop an agency for the cooperation of Missouri cities, towns and villages and to promote the interest, welfare and closer relations among them in order to improve municipal government and administration in the state.” Thus, the League’s basic goal is to strengthen cities through unity and cooperation.
Richard Sheets: Deputy Director
Website: | Twitter: @Mocities

UMSL’s Master of Public Policy Administration (MPPA) program educates students to become leaders in improving our communities and society and to make informed policy decisions. They use an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for careers in public policy, public administration, and nonprofit administration. The Public Policy Administration program is an independent unit of the UMSL Graduate School, and is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
Deborah B. Balser: Director
Website: Twitter:@UMSLPPA

The Public Policy Research Center (PPRC) contributes to The University of Missouri-Saint Louis’s mission of committing its faculty and staff to meet the knowledge needs of metropolitan St. Louis and partnering with regional communities and institutions by conducting applied research for the civic, nonprofit, and public sectors of the St. Louis area and the State of Missouri.  Specifically, PPRC’s role is in Criterion Five: Engagement and Service. By conducting applied research PPRC responds to the needs and expectations of its constituencies. PPRC has developed the capacity to conduct multi-disciplinary research using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. PPRC applies its expertise in service to faculty who initiate community-based projects as well as directly to community constituencies.
Mark Tranel – Director
Website: | Twitter: @UMSLPPRC

St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU) was founded in 1972 with funding from individual members, corporate sponsors, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and local, regional, and national grants. Their 100,000 watt signal reaches 2.4 million people in the bi-state area.

The St. Louis Beacon is a non-profit news organization dedicated to creating a better St. Louis powered by journalism. Founded by veteran journalists in Spring 2008, they focus on news that matters to people in our region. They combine rigorous commitment to high journalistic standards with vigorous innovation in digital and community engagement.

St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon – the area’s two largest nonprofit news organizations – merged in 2014 with the goal to collaboratively expand their local in-depth news coverage. The purpose and direction of this new organization are clear — to serve the public with the highest quality reporting on local news and issues.
Margaret Wolf Freivogel – Editor | Tim Eby – General Manager
Website: | Twitter: @UMSLPPRC

The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life is a non-partisan, non-issue institute focused on making government accessible to all Missouri citizens by encouraging women’s full participation in the policy process. The Institute for Women in Public Life was founded in the fall of 1996 on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis to assist women in developing the interest and skills necessary to succeed as full participants within government, serving in elected and appointed office as well as employed policy makers.
Vivian Eveloff – Founder and Director
Website: | Twitter: @SueShearInst

A non-profit corporation, HEC-TV is the only station with the mission statement “to strengthen and promote the education, arts, and cultural communities in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.” HEC-TV is St. Louis’ leading producer of education and arts television programming, using technology to connect and synergize in innovative, highly successful ways. HEC-TV provides an unparalleled level of service, changing the face of television by engaging viewers, empowering teachers, and encouraging students to achieve unparalleled success.

Website:  |   Twitter: @HEC_TV

The League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the LWV Information Services, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.Our Core Values

– We are a nonpartisan political membership organization.
– We believe that grassroots initiatives and consensus building are the strengths of our organization.
– We believe that our organization models the principles of good governance.
– We consider well before taking action and prepare well before beginning to act.
– We believe that citizenship requires knowledge, as well as the ability and will to act.
– We believe that the responsibility of good government rests on the shoulders of its citizens.
– We believe that the rights of citizens at home and abroad are interdependent

Website:   |  Twitter: @LWV

The Scholars Strategy Network seeks to improve public policy and strengthen democracy by organizing scholars working in America’s colleges and universities, and connecting scholars and their research to policymakers, citizens associations, and the media.

SSN members spell out the implications of their research in ways that are broadly accessible. They engage in consultations with policymakers in Washington DC and state capitals. They make regular contributions to the media and share findings and ideas with journalists and bloggers. Many SSN scholars also work with advocates and civic organizations to address pressing public challenges at the national, state, and local levels.

SSN members believe that university scholars should share their work with fellow citizens – and they endeavor to further good public policymaking and responsive democratic government. Beyond these shared values, members hold a variety of views – and SSN as a whole does not endorse any political party, candidate, or specific policy position. Each SSN scholar takes individual responsibility for signed contributions and choices about civic engagement.

Hundreds of university-based members voluntarily contribute time and ideas to the Scholars Strategy Network, which employs a small, dedicated professional staff to amplify and energize their efforts. Volunteer network projects and staff activities are enabled by unrestricted donations and grants from more than a dozen public-spirited philanthropists and foundations.

Website:   |   Twitter: @SSNScholars