Press Release

Friday, February 3

Mary Catherine McAleer joins AWB as government affairs director

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has hired environmental policy expert Mary Catherine McAleer to serve as its new government affairs director for environmental policy, climate and water quality. McAleer’s hire rounds out the association’s staff of six government affairs issue experts.

McAleer previously served as a policy analyst in the state House of Representatives where she focused on environmental, agricultural and natural resources policy development. She has also worked in communications for the non-partisan think tank, Washington Policy Center, and has a background studying viral genomics and freshwater toxicology.

"Climate policy continues to be one of the most important issues facing employers and residents of Washington state today," said Gary Chandler, AWB vice president of government affairs. "It's vital that we protect both the natural environment and the economy of our state. Mary Catherine’s background and experience will serve us well as we work with the Legislature to find ways to build on Washington's legacy of protecting and preserving the environment."

McAleer received her undergraduate degree in biology and minor in economics from Gonzaga University. She also completed coursework in Middle East Global Politics at the London School of Economics.

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 nearly 7,000 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, 92 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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