Lucy Gettman is Executive Director of Women In Government (WIG), Inc., an organization of women state legislators that provides leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums and educational resources for policy makers. She previously served as Chief Advocacy Officer for the National School Boards Association (NSBA) the federation of 50 state associations representing 90,000 local school board members. Prior to NSBA, Gettman was Director of Government Relations for the Reading Recovery Council of North America, 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 is an Adjunct Professor for the School of Public Affairs at American University and received the Alice Paul Faculty Award in 2014. Gettman also serves on the Leadership Circle for Women in Government Relations (WGR) a professional society for government relations and public affairs professionals. In 2017 Gettman received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.
Maura LaGue serves as Women In Government's Managing Director. Under the direction of the Executive Director, she develops and executes procedures and programs to achieve strategic goals of the organization. As part of this work, Maura utilizes her decades of experience in research and relationship-building to identify trends and foster collaborations so that women legislators have the tools they need to make sound policy decisions. 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 across national and global landscapes.
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 a 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 and has worked as a consultant for foreign nationals seeking to start small businesses in the U.S.
Outreach and Development Manager
Laura Blake is the Outreach and Development Manager at Women In Government. In this role, she oversees State Legislator recruitment for national policy conferences and state events and identifies funding prospects and cultivates sponsorships from corporations and foundations. 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.