The art and science of government relations and public affairs continues to evolve, which means that citizens, corporations and nonprofits must be more informed and engaged than ever. Coalitions and grassroots movements can still shape public policy in the face of dark money and bad policy. As the national debt, government dysfunction and political divisiveness reach all-time highs in America, it’s time to close the gap between public opinion and public policy. Unfortunately, institutional corruption and public apathy have become our greatest threats. Informed, engaged and empowered citizens can turn the tide.