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Meet the Government Affairs Team

This team of legislative professionals has the experience and skills essential for achieving wins on behalf of the hospitality industry and promoting solutions to issues and regulations making it easier to do business in Washington state.

 


Julia Gorton
Director of State Government Affairs
julieg@wahospitality.org
360-246-4496

Julia Gorton, director of State Government Affairs, has been with the association for more than a decade, and oversees the Association’s state advocacy and political programs. Her most recent accomplishment has been leading the effort on the state’s paid family and medical leave act, which contained key provisions for hospitality businesses and employees. In 2017, she was appointed to the state’s Paid Family & Medical Leave Advisory Council.  Julia sits on the board of Enterprise Washington, an organization that seeks positive political outcomes for the business community in Washington. Julia graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in political science and social studies, and currently lives in Olympia, WA with her husband, daughter and dog. Julia and her husband are licensed foster parents, and she volunteers on the Board of the Olympia Hands On Children’s Museum.

 

 


John Lane
Director of Local Government Affairs
johnl@wahospitality.org
360-246-4504

John Lane is the association’s first director of Local Government Affairs. He has a law degree from Seattle University and has extensive public policy experience, including serving as a Washington state assistant attorney general and as the Office of Financial Management’s legislative and legal counsel. John has also served as a senior policy adviser to Gov. Jay Inslee on public safety and government operations and as an executive policy adviser to Gov. Christine Gregoire.

 

 

 


Samantha Louderback
State Government Affairs Senior Manager
samanthal@wahospitality.org
360-246-4498

Samantha Louderback has been with the association and on the team since 2015. Samantha leads the association’s efforts on policy that relates to the environment, food safety, human trafficking prevention, workforce development, food packaging, workplace safety and an assortment business issues. She also is the lead and expert on all things regarding the Department of Health and represents the association on a number of state-wide stakeholder groups and committees. Samantha has a bachelor of science in environmental studies and a bachelor of science in public policy from Central Washington University. She currently lives in Tacoma with her husband and their dog, Dax.

 

 

 


Tobby Hatley
Local Government Affairs Manager
tobbyh@wahospitality.org
360-246-4503

Tobby Hatley has more than 30 years of media and public affairs experience having worked in TV, radio print, politics and marketing. He has bachelor’s degree in Radio and TV Management from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University in Washington, D.C.  Tobby learned the ins and outs of politics, legislative issues and public affairs while covering state and local governments in Washington, Idaho and Montana as well as the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 


Joe Bushnell
Local Government Affairs Coordinator
joeb@wahospitality.org
360-246-4502

Joe Bushnell joined the GA team in 2017 as the Local Government Affairs Coordinator in Tacoma. A 10 year veteran of the Marine Corps and a lifelong citizen of Tacoma, Joe’s past experiences include working with Senator Tim Sheldon in the Washington State Senate in 2016 and managing a political campaign in Pierce County. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Political Science.

 

 

 


Katie Doyle
State Government Affairs Manager
katied@wahospitality.org
360-246-4500

Katie Doyle spent over six years in the restaurant industry both before, and during her time at the association. With a BA in political science from Seattle University and over five years at the association, she is excited to take on the new role and work on alcohol policy while still assisting in maintaining a robust grassroots advocacy program. Her genuine passion for hospitality has helped strengthen and grow relationships with members. Under her management, effective engagement is at an all-time high. Outside the office, she spends most of her time hiking and climbing in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 


Teddi McGuire
Local Government Affairs Assistant Coordinator
teddim@wahospitality.org
360-246-4505

Teddi McGuire joined the association in October 2017. Prior to joining the team, Teddi worked in economic development at the city of Federal Way and spent time abroad in Belfast working for the U.S. Consulate. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gonzaga University and an M.B.A from Seattle University.

 

 

 

 


Jillian Henze, APR
Senior Communications Manager
jillianh@wahospitality.org
360-246-4483


jillianed5x7Jillian Henze, APR,  is responsible for developing and implementing communications to advance the hospitality industry’s legislative, advocacy goals and objectives. She serves as the liaison between communications, the CEO and government affairs, and works with these teams to develop and implement communications strategies. Jillian is also the lead communications team member regarding national issues and the Washington Hospitality Association brand. She joined the team in April 2016. Prior to the Washington Hospitality Association, she was the communications manager at the Hands On Children’s Museum, led a PR department at a boutique ad agency and was an investigative reporter and newspaper editor. Jillian has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Linfield College and earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2017.

 

 


Jacque Coe, APR
Public Relations Manager, Seattle
jacquec@wahospitality.org
360-246-4490

Jacque Coe, APR, is a communications strategist with over 20 years of experience in communications, public relations, news media and issues management. Her first career was in television news as a journalist for TV stations throughout the Northwest, most recently KING-TV. She has served as the chief communications officer on executive teams for Washington’s Lottery, the Dairy Farmers of Washington, as well as the Bellevue and Seattle school districts.  Jacque is nationally Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and serves at the local, district and national level.  She served as the 2019 President of the Puget Sound chapter of PRSA.