Interim Executive Director
Pam Goins serves as Women In Government’s director of policy and programs. With her addition to the staff in October 2015, she brings extensive experience managing policy activities in workforce development and education with a heightened emphasis on veterans, adults entering the workforce with a criminal background, youth seeking employment and those living with food insecurities.
Prior to joining WIG, Goins managed The Council of State Governments’ State Pathways to Prosperity initiative focused on the nexus between education and workforce development to ensure America has a strong workforce for economic development and prosperity. As part of the initiative, Goins managed the National Task Force on Workforce Development and Education and various subcommittees all producing recommendations on policy and practice strategies needed for state prosperity.
During her tenure as director of education and workforce development policy at CSG, Goins initiated policy analysis and dissemination to executive, legislative and judicial government officials around the country. In addition, she served as liaison to the Education and Workforce Development Public Policy Committee, comprised of nearly 100 governmental leaders and private sector members who address emerging challenges and issues from dynamic educational conditions in the states. Members of the committee focused on rising trends, innovative and effective solutions and viable policy positions and response projects.
Goins also served as program consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education, and associate director of the Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline, a statewide center focused on positive behavior supports for 176 local school districts. Pam is a certified educational mediator and certified Kentucky administrative hearing officer.
Director of Events
Maura LaGue serves as Women In Government Events Director. In this role, she is responsible for the execution and management of the operational facets of WIG’s national conferences, regional meetings, state policy briefings and other outreach receptions and events held nationwide. As a former business owner in the US and South America, Maura brings valuable private sector insight into WIG’s non-profit context and looks forward to furthering WIG’s efforts to connect state work to the global landscape.
Prior to her work with WIG, Maura earned a BA in Slavic Studies from Indiana University with concentrations in Eastern European and Russian Studies and Central Asia. Through her past business ventures, she was member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Venamcham (Venezuela). Additionally, she has worked on economic development projects on behalf of other entities.
As a DC resident, Maura does not enjoy any state representation but she actively supports her local government through volunteering and votes in every election.
Katie Lanzarotto joined Women In Government as a Policy and Programs Associate in August 2015. Katie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Quinnipiac University. She came to the organization after having worked as a Legislative Aide in the Connecticut General Assembly. While at the Connecticut General Assembly, she worked for four legislators, taking care of constituent issues and working on various legislative initiatives that were of importance to her assigned legislators and to the House Democratic Caucus. Prior to working in the Connecticut General Assembly, Katie worked on various campaigns in her home state of Connecticut both during and after college and was an intern in the Connecticut General Assembly in 2012.
Development and Outreach Associate
Laura Blake is an Associate in the Development Department at Women In Government. In this role, she identifies funding prospects and cultivates sponsorships from corporations and foundations. She also is responsible for overseeing invoicing and all financial documentation. Laura earned her Master’s degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and her Bachelor’s degree in Business from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Prior to joining Women In Government, Laura worked in both the private and non-profit sectors in Washington, DC. Laura has extensive experience with project management, proposal writing, and the facilitation of educational programming.