Our business was founded as A&D Innovations in 2002 in Austin, Texas to help struggling progressive political campaigns, not-for-profit organizations, and businesses utilize advocacy marketing and communication techniques to motivate their members/supporters and voters. (And believe us, in Texas, just being progressive is its own struggle.)
As our clients’ needs grew, so did our company. In 2005, A&D Innovations became the Advocacy Marketing Group, bringing a team approach to best meet the diverse needs of the clients we serve. Utilizing strategic and innovative communications and marketing skills, we began offering additional services designed to effectively move individuals and communities to action, participation, and giving.
In this accelerated information age, strategic communication and targeted marketing is more important than ever. Whether handling crisis communications, coordinating a social media campaign, creating and implementing a focused media and/or branding plan, or designing a membership program, the Advocacy Marketing Group is committed to ensuring that our clients can successfully activate the people they want to reach.
Figuring out how to help people take positive action and make change is our passion. The Advocacy Marketing Group is here to help you Create • Communicate • Motivate.
|Corri Planck is a partner with the Advocacy Marketing Group. In this role, she has supported clients to advance their organizational goals through content development, strategic planning, media relations, crisis communications, development and fundraising campaigns, event management, and more.|
Corri Planck is a partner with the Advocacy Marketing Group. In this role, she has supported clients to advance their organizational goals through content development, strategic planning, media relations, crisis communications, development and fundraising campaigns, event management, and more.
Planck is also the Strategic Initiatives Manager for the City of West Hollywood, leading the city’s innovative efforts on homelessness, aging, poverty reduction, and more. She also served in the City’s Social Services Division and as a deputy to former Mayor/Councilmember Abbe Land. She was a significant contributor to two efforts that resulted in the City of West Hollywood being honored as an All-American City in 2019 and with an IAP2 Core Values Award for the City’s engagement in support of its 2013 Community Study.
She previously served for four years as the deputy executive director for Family Pride (now Family Equality Council), the only national organization dedicated to serving gay and lesbian parents and their families. In this capacity, Planck was responsible for directing all public policy, advocacy, communications, and media relations efforts for the organization. She is an editorial board member and family policy editor for the Journal of GLBT Family Studies.
Previously, Planck served as a senior aide and media advisor to California State Assembly member Christine Kehoe and as a senior account executive with the public relations firm Hill & Knowlton.
At the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, Planck was the volunteer media director/strategist for the Convention’s Gay & Lesbian Caucus. Earlier that year, she served as the communications director for the Millennium March on Washington, the fourth national March on Washington for gay and lesbian civil rights.
Prior to that, she was the media relations manager for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, the world’s oldest and largest organization of its kind. In this capacity, she directed media advocacy in support of gay and lesbian civil rights, health, and youth issues. Before arriving at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Planck was the editor of the Southern California Gay & Lesbian Times.
Planck also served as a residence counselor and teacher at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities from 1991 to 1994.
In 1998, Planck was appointed by the West Hollywood City Council to serve on the City’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board. She was honored with two GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Commentary and Outstanding Journalist in 1996, and in 1994, she was named “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.”
Planck obtained her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and completed her master’s degree in education at the University of Redlands.
|Dianne Hardy-Garcia is an experienced communication marketing specialist and political organizer. She has worked as strategist for organizations and on legislative campaigns on the local, state, and national levels. Through this work, she has honed her skills in incorporating technology and organizing techniques to enhance fundraising capacities, communication plans, and marketing efforts for campaigns, businesses, and organizations.|
Dianne Hardy-Garcia is a partner with Advocacy Marketing Group, and an experienced political/campaign organizer and lobbyist. She has worked as a key political and marketing strategist and not-for-profit director on the local, state, and national levels.
Hardy-Garcia is most well-known for her ability to conduct successful legislative campaigns and mass organizing efforts. Through this work, she has honed her skills in incorporating technology and organizing techniques to enhance fundraising capacities, communications and membership plans, and marketing efforts for campaigns and organizations.
Hardy-Garcia served as the executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL) from 1993 to 2002. Most notably, Hardy-Garcia helped spearhead an anti-hate crime campaign that led to the passage of the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act in Texas. Hardy-Garcia also served as the executive director of the Millennium March on Washington and is the former co-chair of the Federation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered State Organizations, a national coalition of state organizations. She has served as co-chair of the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus and led the effort that established domestic partnership benefits for City of Austin employees and established a statewide domestic partnership registry in the state of Texas.
Previously, Hardy-Garcia worked as a legislative aide to State Representative Elliot Naishtat. She has also served as a social worker and organizer on many social justice issues including homelessness, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, women's rights, mental health, criminal justice, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights.
For her leadership and extensive organizing efforts, Hardy-Garcia has been honored by organizations, such as the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Her work has been covered in national media, such as Prime Time Live; The Advocate, Out Magazine, Texas Monthly, and Vanity Fair. She has been named by The Advocate as one of the gay and lesbian community's best and brightest activists; She is also featured in Brave Journeys: Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage, authored by longtime activist David Mixner.
Hardy-Garcia received her master's degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. She has her bachelor's degree in psychology and English from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas.
Hardy-Garcia was born and raised in San Antonio, and currently resides in Los Angeles with her partner and their two children.