American Wood Council appoints Sarah Ryan Dodge-Palmer to newly created position of VP of government affairs, plans to increase lobbying presence on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON , September 23, 2013 (press release) – The American Wood Council (AWC) has selected Sarah Ryan Dodge-Palmer as its vice president of government affairs. This is a new staff position for AWC through which the association plans to increase its presence on Capitol Hill on key issues affecting the wood products industry.

Dodge-Palmer will officially join AWC on October 14, 2013 as the principal government affairs representative and lobbyist for the association and will direct, implement, and manage federal and state legislative affairs.

“This is an expanded direction for AWC, and we are excited to have Sarah joining our team to amplify our voice on important issues affecting our members,” said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. “Her experience both as a congressional staffer as well as representing association members’ legislative and regulatory interests before Congress and state legislatures make Sarah an ideal fit for AWC.”

Dodge-Palmer comes to AWC from the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists in Alexandria, Va. where she served in a similar role. Prior to that, she worked for a variety of trade associations including the Petroleum Marketers Association of America and the American Subcontractors Association, and in the 1990s, she worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Andrew Ireland and House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel.

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The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American traditional and engineered wood products, representing over 75 percent of the industry. From a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon, the wood products industry makes products that are essential to everyday life and employs over one-third of a million men and women in well-paying jobs. AWC's engineers, technologists, scientists, and building code experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards on structural wood products for use by design professionals, building officials, and wood products manufacturers to assure the safe and efficient design and use of wood structural components. AWC also provides technical, legal, and economic information on wood design, green building, and manufacturing environmental regulations advocating for balanced government policies that sustain the wood products industry. Visit AWC online at or follow us on Twitter @woodcouncil.

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