AIA Pennsylvania’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Amal Mahrouki, is one of only four non-contract lobbyists named to the list of 30 lobbyists recognized by the Central Penn Business Journal in their first “Power List” recognizing the lobbyist profession. The honorees are recognized for shaping our communities and influencing our quality of life through the political foundations our society depends upon. The Journal also recently named her a “Women of Influence” for 2023.
“Over the years, I have enjoyed building a culture of advocacy within the American Institute of Architects of Pennsylvania. When I started, AIA Pennsylvania lacked visibility and recognition in the Capitol. However, through dedicated efforts, we have successfully established relationships with legislators and their staff, thereby enhancing our influence and impact. Other accomplishments include protecting the health safety and welfare of the public through advocating for architects and what architects do,” Amal shared.
Mahrouki also shared that she did not grow up wanting to be a lobbyist “but I’m happy I did”. She always had a passion for performing which led her to earn a BA in Theatre from DeSales University. “After a short career as a professional actor and part-time bartender, I moved home to pursue my law degree. While bartending in downtown Harrisburg, I was offered a government affairs fellowship and never looked back. Building relationships in Harrisburg allowed me to always find my next opportunity with ease,” she said.