January 9, 2017
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AWB welcomes Mary Catherine McAleer to government affairs team; Ryan Chambers to communications; Susan Wagner to membership

Mary Catherine McAleer will join AWB as a government affairs director on Jan. 12. She will specialize in environment, regulatory reform, land use, climate change and energy. She comes to AWB from the Washington State House of Representatives, where she has been a policy analyst. She has specialized in issues connected with agriculture, natural resources and the environment. Her previous experience includes work at the Washington Policy Center and the Far West Agribusiness Association. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University and studied at the London School of Economics.

She replaces Brandon Houskeeper, who has been an excellent part of the Government Affairs team for the past five years. Houskeeper has accepted a government affairs position with Puget Sound Energy.

AWB also welcomes Ryan Chambers as a writer and communications specialist. Chambers has worked most recently for the city of Burien, where he produced their quarterly magazine, managed social media and worked on a rebranding effort, among other projects. He has also covered sports as a freelancer for The News Tribune, and was news editor for The Tacoma Ledger. He is a graduate of the University of Washington Tacoma.

The AWB membership team also has a new addition: Susan Wagner, who has begun working as a membership manager. She comes to AWB with 20 years of experience at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, where she worked in membership, events and other departments.

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By Washington Business magazine

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Employers -- the millions of risk-takers that create opportunity and build communities across this nation -- have a unique responsibility to ensure we send a message that we are committed to be a unifying voice that can, with words and actions, unify the country behind our shared goals.
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