Lucy Gettman serves as the Executive Director of Women In Government. In her previous role she was the Deputy Associate Executive Director for the National School Boards Association (NSBA). In addition to lobbying on behalf of education and 90,000 local school board members, Gettman serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Women in Government Relations, Inc. Prior to NSBA, Gettman was Director of Government Relations for a national association of reading teachers, from which she received the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Award in 2009. She also held professional positions at the Ohio House of Representatives, the Ohio Attorney General and the Inter-University Council of Ohio. Gettman earned a Graduate Certificate in Women, Politics and Political Leadership from the Women and Politics Institute at American University, and received the Alice Paul Faculty Award from the Women & Politics Institute in 2014. Gettman celebrates the fact that 44% of local school board members are women, putting school boards closer to gender parity than most locations of political leadership.
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.