2018 Elections

Term: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020

January 2018 WGR Board retreat

The candidates have declared and every vote counts! WGRís leadership plays an essential role in determining the direction of our organization and ensuring the continued growth of our membership. This is your opportunity to choose who will help shape our future.
This year we have our Executive Committee up for election President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer- and five open Director positions as well. We have an excellent slate of experienced candidates who have a proven commitment to WGR.
Read the 2018 Officers and Directors Gazettes to learn more about the candidates who are seeking office.

Cast your vote before COB on Monday, April 16, 2018 In order for the elections to be valid, at least 10 percent of voting members must cast votes. A email with the link to vote will be sent to the membership on March 26, April 2, and April 16.

  • Suzanne Swink, Senior Director, Communications & External Affairs, BP America
  • Kate Shenk, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Jacki Ball, Director, Government Affairs, National PTA
  • Amanda Karhuse, Director of Advocacy, National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Christine Murphy, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, National League for Nursing


  • Chatrane Birbal, Senior Advisor, Government Relations, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Kathleen Coulombe, Vice President, Retirement Security, American Council of Life Insurers
  • Ashleigh de la Torre, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Amazon
  • Emily Duncan, Director, Federal Government Relations, National Grid
  • Carla Lochiatto, CAE, Director, Public Policy Operations & Political Fundraising, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
  • Erin Will Morton, Senior Vice President, CRD Associates
  • Tina Phillips, Vice President, MultiState Associates
  • Tamra Spielvogel, Senior Program Manager, National Association of Home Builders

Important Dates for Board of Directors Election:

February 26    Future Leadership Lunch: Elections Interest Networking Event
March 5          Candidate Declaration Forms Due by 12pm
March 19        Candidate Templates Due for Election Gazette
March 26        Election Gazette/Ballot emailed to membership
April 3             Meet the Candidates Happy Hour
April 16           Ballots Due
May 22            Spring Reception - Leadership formally announced
June 15-16     Board Retreat
July 1             Term Begins

View the Election Campaign Guidelines.

All WGR members in good standing are encouraged to run.  Serving in the leadership of WGR is extremely rewarding and affords you the opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and raise your organizationís visibility among the entire government relations community. 

2018 Elections Committee:
Meredith Shue, Immediate Past President & Elections Chair
Kate Belinski
Lucy Gettman
Charla Penn
Laura Vogel