Your State Government Affairs Team

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Julia Gorton
State Government Affairs Director

Julia Gorton, director of State Government Affairs, has been with the association for more than a decade, and oversees the Association’s state advocacy, political programs and public relations activities. In 2021 Julia led her team to secure $2.7 Billion in relief for businesses impacted by the pandemic in Washington.

Julia has earned a reputation in finding solutions to complicated policy issues, spearheading the effort to create the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program in 2017 – the first of its kind in the country. She was appointed to and serves on the state’s Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee, the Paid Family Leave Advisory Committee and is vice chair 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.

Samantha Louderback

Samantha Louderback
State Government Affairs Senior Manager

Samantha Louderback has been with the association and on the team since 2015. Samantha leads the association’s efforts on policy that relates to food safety, food packaging & sustainability, workplace safety, miscellaneous environmental issues and an assortment business issues.

She also is the lead and expert on all things regarding the Department of Health, including transient accommodations, and represents the association on several 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, daughter, and their dog, Dax.

Katie Doyle

Katie Doyle
State Government Affairs Manager

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 seven years on the team, she leads the association efforts on alcohol policy.

This year, she added workforce development and affordable housing policy to her role.

Outside the office, she spends most of her time hiking and climbing with her fiancé in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

Jordan Caron

Jordan Caron
Grassroots Coordinator

Jordan Caron, Grassroots Coordinator, has been with the association since 2020. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Law and Policy and a Minor in American History.

Prior to her position with the association, she worked for Senator Randi Becker during the 2020 legislative session then worked on Congressman Derek Kilmer’s campaign as the Field Organizer on the Olympic Peninsula.

When she is not at work, Jordan can be found spending time with her boyfriend and friends.