WGR Featured Member: Zaida Ricker

Zaida Ricker
Government Relations Specialist, Ridge Policy Group
Hometown: Home is where the heart is! I grew up all over the place but am now a D.C.-er for life
Favorite DC Restaurant:
Iron Gate

Fun Fact:
I’m a classically trained singer and have had the opportunity to sing at several events for my former boss, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

About Zaida:
My name is Zaida, and I work for former Homeland Security Secretary and Governor Tom Ridge at the Ridge Policy Group, where we work on all issues with an expertise in all things government. Before that, I worked in both the Senate and the House, where I developed an understanding of congressional procedure, shaped and passed policy, and built relationships with key staffers of both parties. When I’m not working, I love to argue about politics and watch too much TV with my husband.

What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally & professionally?  I was attracted to WGR after coming to the Spring Reception a few years back and being impressed by the kindness and professionalism of the organization. I decided to join up more recently to put myself in situations that challenge me, to get advice from other amazing women, and to hopefully gain a bit more confidence in myself as a woman and a lobbyist.

What originally brought you to Washington? After graduating from our undergrad degrees, my husband and I moved to D.C. without jobs because we knew this is where we wanted to be! With our limited savings and a prayer, we have made D.C. our home and established great careers here. The opportunity to “change the world” has always seemed possible in this great city.

What is your favorite part of your day or job? Working with our team, our clients, and our partners to accomplish a collective goal. Team work makes the dream work! (I am full of cliché’s today! 😊)

What skills do you think are most important in government affairs and why? I’m not sure these are skills as much as values, but I think it is extremely important to practice empathy and kindness. You also need to know how to talk to and respect people on both sides of the aisle with ideas that are very different than your own. I truly believe that most people are just fighting for what they believe is right and it is important to remember that as you pursue your goals. 

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