Our Story

Like all the best ideas, Little Lobbyists began as a kitchen table conversation between friends. Late one evening Elena Hung and Michelle Morrison, co-founders of Little Lobbyists, sat with a friend discussing their concerns for their community of kids with complex medical needs. The news from D.C. had everyone worried but not everyone had access to their representatives. If a legislator from far away wouldn't listen to their constituents, how could they know how important programs and protections like the ACA, Medicaid, ADA, and IDEA are for families reliant on specialized health care, accessible public spaces, and inclusive education? 

A simple plan was formed: take photos and stories of kids with complex medical needs directly to their legislators. Deliver them in person with their own kids (and their trachs, ventilators, oxygen, wheelchairs, walkers, leg braces, feeding tubes, and more...) so lawmakers could see first-hand who needs the protection of the very laws and programs under threat. 

After our first trip to Capitol Hill in June of 2017 it was clear we had so much more work to do. One trip turned into many. We’ve continued to collect stories from all over the country, visit legislators to educate them about kids with complex medical needs in their own states, and spread awareness about issues that impact our families. We’ve been joined by dozens more families in Washington D.C. who’ve made personal connections with policy makers. We’ve connected with thousands more through social media, television interviews, news articles, press conferences, and more. We’ve come a long way, learned an incredible amount, met inspiring allies, had countless conversations with adversaries, and fought some really big battles. And we're not done yet.

Our goal is for the United States to become a place where the government does not repeal, but rather advances and champions, policies and laws that protect the livelihood and future of our children. We hope one day soon all parties will come together to map a path to better health care, education, and community inclusion for every person with complex medical needs and disabilities. 

We work every day toward that goal, to help guide our country toward the healthier, happier future our children deserve.

 
 

Our Leadership

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Elena

Elena is Xiomara’s mom and co-founder of Little Lobbyists. She loves connecting with families with medically complex kids and believes in the power of stories to change hearts and minds.

She has been an immigration lawyer since 2006: helping families to reunite, U.S. employers to sponsor workers, and asylum seekers to flee persecution.

Elena likes tater tots, dresses with pockets, and the Hamilton soundtrack. She had lots of hobbies before becoming a mom, like painting, pottery, hoop dancing, sewing, and yoga. Now, she is usually awake at 1am connecting with other families on social media.

Elena can be reached at elena@littlelobbyists.org

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Michelle

Michelle is Timmy’s mom and co-founder of Little Lobbyists. She firmly believes that if we could all learn to see other people as people, the world would be a better place.

She has a PhD in linguistics and in her day job focuses on language description and documentation. She has been volunteering as a patient and family advisor in her local hospital since 2012.

Michelle enjoys sewing and has been known to stay up until 2am working on a quilt. She also loves color-coded spreadsheets and bacon.

She can be reached at michelle@littlelobbyists.org

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Laura

Laura is Simon’s mom. She believes that, regardless of health or ability, all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. She also believes that every person has gifts to share, celebrate, and use to make our world more beautiful.

Laura is a graphic designer, small business owner, and adjunct professor. She believes in the power of great design for great organizations and specializes in communication for education, health care, and the arts. She loves being in the classroom helping creative people turn their passion into their profession.

When she isn’t creating or teaching design, Laura works toward making the world a more beautiful place by volunteering on various board committees that support arts in education and the inclusion and celebration of people with disabilities. She loves being a mom to both her amazing kids, serves as a buddy minister at her church, does a lot of yoga, crochets gifts for friends, bakes impressive cakes, and really appreciates a nice manicure.

Laura can be reached at laura@littlelobbyists.org

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Ben

Ben is Pierce’s father. He thinks that all kids, medically complex or not, should have the same chances in life because you never know when they might surprise you. Health care, education and general positivity really can make a big difference in all our lives, especially our children’s.

When not on the Hill or working with the Little Lobbyists, Ben works in property management, overseeing multi-million dollar residential portfolios focusing on the resident experience to increase revenues for his clients. He is adept at solving complex and difficult problems.

Ben is a gear head, an avid cyclist, competing in Cyclocross races and century (100 mile) rides and is a music connoisseur who really enjoys live concerts. He has an eclectic catalog of music and enjoys the warm sound of analog records.

He can be reached at ben@littlelobbyists.org

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Mark

Mark is Timmy’s dad. Mark is dedicated to helping other families tell their stories and advocating for children with complex medical needs.

When he’s not giving breathing treatments or making tube-feeds, he’s working on connecting with other parents of medically complex children and encouraging them to share their stories to their Members of Congress.

Mark enjoys listening to movie soundtracks, reading Harry Potter, and learning American Sign Language.

He can be reached at mark@littlelobbyists.org

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Brian

Brian is Simon’s dad. He believes that we should all live our lives to serve others. By sharing our hearts and our talents with one another we can find our common humanity and make the world a better place. Advocating for kids with complex medical needs like Simon has been an important way to fulfill this purpose.

At work, Brian is a higher education marketing professional, creative director and entrepreneur. He likes to build teams that merge creativity, passion and business strategy to challenge old rules, and develop innovative ideas.

At home, Brian is a proud father of two amazing kids, Olivia and Simon, who make him laugh constantly. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, jazz music, building Lego sets and solving Rubic’s Cubes. He is a lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan and loves spending an evening at the ball game with family and friends.

Brian can be reached at brian@littlelobbyists.org