Press Release

Thursday, November 14

Nelson Joins AWB as Government Affairs Director

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business has hired Sheri Nelson as its new government affairs director for health care and education issues. Nelson comes to AWB from a career in private industry and extensive involvement in community and economic development groups.

Nelson has spent the last 10 years as community relations manager for the forest products company Sierra Pacific Industries, where she was a key liaison with state, federal and local governments. She was part of the executive team that sited, built and acquired new Sierra Pacific sites around western Washington.

Her community service and memberships include work with the Pacific-Mountain Workforce Development Board, Skagit Business Alliance Board, Career and Technical Education Development Advisory Board, and the Grays Harbor College Foundation Board.

Nelson has also been a member of the AWB Board of Directors, but will step down from that volunteer leadership post in her new role with AWB.

“Health care and education are two of the most important issues for employers today. Sheri’s experience in Olympia, coupled with her work in the private sector, will help AWB better communicate the concerns of employers on The Hill,” said Gary Chandler, AWB vice president, government affairs. “We are excited to have Sheri on our team and encourage members to reach out to her with questions or ideas about these two critical policy issues.”

Nelson holds a bachelor of science degree in social and behavioral science from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Her first day with AWB will be Nov. 25.

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,100 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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