The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) has selected Ashley Amidon to serve as its new executive director, returning after serving in a previous role as the organization’s lobbyist and PAC director. Amidon brings a broad range of industry association experience to IWPA, with a strong background in government affairs and public policy. She assumed her role as IWPA’s executive director on August 25.
“We enthusiastically welcome Ashley Amidon back to IWPA,” said IWPA President JoAnn Gillebaard. “Ashley brings a deep knowledge of our industry along with broad government affairs experience. This will ensure a smooth transition for IWPA as we tackle the many challenges and opportunities before us.”
Amidon worked most recently as vice president of public policy for the National Pest Management Association, where she led its public policy team and served as treasurer of its Political Action Committee. Prior to that, she worked as lobbyist for the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association, where she worked on environmental and trade policy issues. Amidon holds a B.A. in History and International Affairs from George Mason University in Virginia and an M.A. in International Affairs from University of Hull in the UK. She also holds a Certified Association Executive credential (CAE).
“IWPA plays a critical role in advocating for acceptance and demand for the legally-sourced and sustainable wood products,” Amidon said. “I look forward to returning and leading IWPA as we work with our members and partners to navigate the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, supply chain strains, and compliance with an ever-changing regulatory and legislative landscape.”