2018 Elections


January 2018 WGR Board retreat

This year we had an amazing group of women who put themselves forward to serve WGR. It was exciting to see their passion for WGR, interest in board service, and a competitive field of candidates. Thank you to all of the women who ran for elected office!

On behalf of the Women in Government Relations Board of Directors and Elections Committee, I am pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Board of Directors.

Officers and directors are elected by the membership of WGR and serve a two-year terms beginning July 1st.

(Expire in 2020)

  • President: Suzanne Swink, Senior Director, Communications & External Affairs, BP America
  • President-Elect: Kate Shenk, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Treasurer: Jacki Ball, Director, Government Affairs, National PTA
  • Secretary: Christine Murphy, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, National League for Nursing
  • Immediate Past President: Katie Schubert, Chief Advocacy Officer, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

(Expire in 2020)

  • 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
  • Carla Lochiatto, CAE, Director, Public Policy Operations & Political Fundraising, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
  • Tamra Spielvogel, Senior Program Manager, National Association of Home Builders 

(Expire in 2019)

  • Emily Duncan, Director, Federal Government Relations, National Grid
  • Amanda Karhuse, Director of Advocacy, National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Charla Penn, Principal, WSW
  • Bree A. Raum, Managing Director, Federal Affairs, American Gas Association
  • Mallika Vastare, Director of Government Relations, BlueWater Strategies

I would like to thank Tina Phillips, for her service. We are fortunate to have her continued engagement and leadership on the Fundraising Committee.

In addition, I am looking forward to remaining engaged with WGR and taking on a newly created role, Strategic Partner Advisor, for the 2018-2020 Board term.

Finally, Id like to thank our elections committee for their service:

  • Lucy Gettman
  • Charla Penn
  • Laura Vogel
  • Kate Belinski

Please join me in congratulating our new officers and directors and expressing gratitude to those women who have served our organization admirably and all those who chose to run this year!

Meredith Shue
Immediate Past President & Elections Committee Chair