Wednesday, December 7th, 2016


December 5, 2016


 (Alexandria, VA) – The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), the nation’s oldest organization addressing the needs of elected women at all levels of government, recently held elections for their 2017 Board of Directors.

“We have a great group of members serving on our Board of Directors in 2017,” NFWL Executive Director Jody Thomas declared. “Between the dedicated group continuing to serve and the new additions, I am looking forward to this group’s accomplishments in 2017.”

Legislator board members were elected by their peers at the 2016 NFWL Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, where over 115 elected women met to identify effective solutions to some of the nation’s most timely and pressing issues. Providing a non-partisan environment that encourages dialogue and the sharing of information and experiences, women leaders were able to build coalitions, share the concerns of their constituents, and identify out-of-the-box solutions to the most pressing issues facing their communities today.

“We are excited about this board’s service to the organization,” stated Minnesota Senator Carrie Ruud, 2017 NFWL Chair. “We look forward to working with them to make 2017 NFWL’s best year yet.”

Board members will begin serving in their new positions on January 1, and will hold their office through 2017. NFWL will host its 2017 Annual Conference next November 14-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



2017 Elected Women Board Members 

Chair- MN Senator Carrie Ruud

Immediate Past Chair- DE Representative Helene Keeley

Chair Elect- MT Representative Kimberly Dudik

Policy Chair- NJ Senator Diane Allen

Chair of International Outreach- FL Representative Gayle Harrell

Chair of Membership- NJ Freeholder Serena DiMaso

Co-Chair of Development- WI Representative Kathy Bernier

At-Large- Chickasaw Tribal Legislator Dean McManus

At-Large- NC Representative Rosa Gill

At-Large- HI Senator Donna Mercado Kim

At-Large- GA Representative Sandra Scott

2017 Private Sector Board Members

Bob Mayo Consulting Group, Inc.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Charter Communications

Chickasaw Nation

Comcast NBCUniversal

Lear Capital

National Rifle Association

Nuclear Energy Institute


Reynolds American, Inc.

About the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Inc. (NFWL)

Through annual educational and networking events, the National Foundation for Women Legislators supports elected women from all levels of governance.   As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, NFWL does not take ideological positions on public policy issues, but rather serves as a forum for women legislators to be empowered through information and experience.

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