Member Spotlight Angela Lee

Member Spotlight

Emily Duncan

Angela Lee

Manager of Advocacy Outreach and Engagement, Goodwill Industries International

Hometown: Washington, DC

Leadership Position:Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Secretary

Fun Fact:

About Angela: My career has focused on public policy, advocacy, nonprofit programming, and direct services for the past 10+ years. I have a deep passion for advocating for underserved populations and uplifting communities, and have dedicated my career to advocating for those whose voices have been marginalized.

What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally and professionally?
Honestly, I joined WGR because my boss recommended it! I had transitioned from jobs where I had to wear many different hats and into a role that was focused on government relations. So I was looking for something through which I could connect with other women in the government relations field and have the opportunity to learn from them. A year and half later, I am not disappointed. I continue to learn so much through WGR DEI Committee members and other WGR members. Being a member of WGR has been a truly enriching experience for both my professional and personal life.

What advice do you have for young women entering the field?
Be resilient, but patient. There's a statistic floating around that says it takes somewhere from 5-8 years on average for a bill to become law. While that may seem like a long time, it is because of the persistent efforts of advocates that bills pass at all. So don't be discouraged and continue to press forward on policies that are important to you.

Do you have a mentor and how did you connect?
I have been fortunate throughout my career to have had amazing mentors, one of whom I was matched with through WGR's mentorship program. These are partnerships that have provided me with insightful and thoughtful guidance as it related to my career, managing work-life balance, and so much more. I highly recommend for everyone at every level of their profession to seek out mentors!

What originally brought you to Washington?
I am from this area originally, but then moved to Boston for about 10 years. What brought me back was that Washington is ultimately the hub for the types of work I want to engage in within the nonprofit space. There is so much opportunity here.

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