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Thursday, November 13

AWB hires Bobbi Cussins as communications manager

Communications, grassroots specialist brings experience from business associations and Legislature to Washington’s largest business organization

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has hired longtime business advocate, grassroots coordinator and legislative communications expert Bobbi Cussins to serve as communications manager. She replaces Jason Hagey, who became AWB’s director of communications in September.

Cussins comes to AWB with nearly 16 years of experience, having started her career in Olympia at the Washington state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. She also worked as the communications director for the Washington Restaurant Association, and was most recently a senior public information officer and grassroots coordinator in the state House of Representatives.

The work of AWB is not new to Cussins as she worked alongside the association on several occasions over the years.

"Bobbi not only brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about the challenges facing Washington employers, but she also understands how to communicate them effectively," said Kris Johnson, AWB president. "Her skills perfectly complement our team. The background and perspective she can bring to AWB as we work through what should be one of the most difficult sessions will be incredibly helpful. We’re pleased to add another talented person to our staff."

Cussins is a graduate of Humboldt State University with degrees in journalism and Spanish. She lives in Tumwater, Wash.

Click here for a high-resolution photo of Bobbi Cussins.

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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