The Excellence in Advocacy Awards began five years ago to recognize women advocates representing worthy causes and organizations. There is no other awards program in Washington that recognizes everyday advocates. We honor these women for the work they do but also strive to elevate their professional profile and give added visibility to their causes.
And the finalists are…
Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
Jane Terry, Senior Director Government Affairs and Susan Crotty, Government Affairs Special Project Manager, National Safety Council
For the Road to Zero coalition to end fatalities on the nation’s roads within the next 30 years.
Katrina Velasquez, Esq., MA, Policy Director, Eating Disorders Coalition
For the Anna Westin Act aimed at training school officials and healthcare professionals on how to identify those with eating disorders and on how to intervene.
Roxana Boyd, Pari Mody and Amy Smith, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
For creating and executing a multi-year strategy to increase awareness and federal funding for brain aneurysm.
Excellence in a State Issue Campaign – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a state or local legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
Lauren McGowan, Senior Director of Ending Homelessness and Poverty, United Way of King County
For the Breakfast After the Bell program to deliver the most important meal of the day to kids at school so they start the day ready to learn.
Jeanne Smoot, Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy, Tahirih Justice Center
For her efforts to help end Child Marriage Across America.
Janet Silver, Heather Evans and Brittany MacCrea, Principal, Government Analysts, Hinman Straub PC
For their successful efforts on behalf of the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies to increase funding for foster care programs in the State of New York.
Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women – An effort wherein women advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a problem or opportunity on behalf of other women.
Pamela Antil, Assistant City Manager/Founder, City of Santa Barbara
For creating the League of Women in Government, a free membership organization to get more women in leadership in appointed local government positions.
Jessica Kelly, Leadership & Programs Director, Running Start
For managing the Elect Her program on college campuses to get more young women into elected office through workshops and training.
Jamie Belsito Zahlaway, Policy Director, National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health
For her tireless effort to bring maternal mental health to the forefront with the Bringing Postpartum Depression out of the Shadows Act.
Excellence in Advocacy by a Veteran Practitioner – Recognizes the advocate for her achievements and contributions to the industry over the course of her career.
Jacqueline Clark, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Ash Grove Cement
Kristine Blackwood, Counsel, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Caitlin Donahue, Senior Vice President and Head of Digital, Curley Company
Sharon McBride, Senior Director, External Affairs & Public Policy Programs
Excellence in Advocacy by an Up and Coming Practitioner – Recognizes the advocate for early achievements in her career and potential to be a successful contributor to the field over time.
Courtney Hogan, Government Affairs Specialist, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
Yadira Sanchez, Director of Development, Mi Familia Vota
Isra Chaker, Campaigns Advisor, Oxfam America
Jayni Rasmussen, Advocacy and Outreach Manager, National Recreation and Park Association
Excellence in Advocacy for a Controversial Issue – Recognizes advocates who represent causes, organizations and issues that are unpopular or controversial. (New Category for 2017)
Women’s March, Inc. Team
Linda Sarsour, Assistant Treasurer, Women’s March, Inc.
Tamika Mallory, Co-President, Women’s March, Inc.
Bob Bland, Co-President, Women’s March, Inc.
Carmen Perez, Treasurer¸ Women’s March, Inc.
For organizing NRA2DOJ the 18-mile march from the NRA Headquarters to the Department of Justice to call attention to the issue of gun control.