Member Spotlight

Rebecca K. Peters
Director, Policy Engagement
Society of Human Resource Management, SHRM

Hometown: Bozeman, Montana – the Big Sky!
Favorite DC Restaurant:
My husband and I have so many, but we live close to Timber Pizza so that is a go to!

Fun Fact:
I played NCAA golf in college and I am a barred attorney.

About Rebecca:
I was born in Alaska and raised in Montana so I love the outdoors.  However, I grew up traveling around the world and through my husband, who is NYC born and raised, I have learned to love  America’s great cities!  I am blessed to have an amazing family, most of whom still live in Montana with my little niece.  My husband and I happily reside in DC.

How has being a WGR member impacted your career?
It has allowed me to connect with other like-minded professionals who want to change public policy for the better. I have truly benefited both professionally and personally through the relationships I have made through WGR.

What skills do you think are most important in government affairs and why?
A good sense of humor and an ability to connect to individuals on both an intellectual and personal level. Of course, subject matter expertise and political know-how are also critical! These are important because there will inevitably be ups and downs as you work on your issues but the constant you need to succeed is your contacts and your expertise.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to start a career in policy or public affairs?
I strongly believe it is paramount to get experience early on in your career in the government whether on the Hill, in the federal agencies or at the state or local level. It gives you essential experience and provides you immediate value out of the gate. It also helps you build critical relations in the right places as you move forward in your career.

What has been your most rewarding accomplishment/what are you most proud of?
In my career, I am most proud of my unwavering devotion and advocacy for immigrants for almost two decades now.

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