WHY IT RATES: The hotel advocacy group continues to work hard to protect the industry and enhance its impact on travel and tourism.—Donald Wood, senior editor of Breaking News.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) announced three new additions to its government affairs staff — hires that will further expand the organization’s strong government affairs and advocacy capabilities.
Leann Paradise has been named Vice President of Political and Membership Engagement for AHLA. In this new role, she will work with federal, state and local government affairs teams to increase AHLA’s grassroots and political engagement. She will be responsible for leading both HotelPAC, AHLA’s political action committee, and HotelsACT, the association’s grassroots platform.
Paradise joins AHLA from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, where she led the organization’s grassroots programs and spearheaded advocacy campaigns. Prior to NRECA, Paradise spent 10 years with the National Manufacturers Association in a variety of PAC and grassroots-focused positions.
Additionally, Haleigh Hildebrand has been appointed Senior Director of Government and Policy Affairs. She joins AHLA from the American Federation of Federal, State and Municipal Employees (AFSME), where she served as Deputy Policy Director. In her new role at AHLA, Hildebrand will focus on creating community and grassroots programs to support federal, state and local advocacy teams.
Finally, Bianca Castillo joined the association as coordinator of state and local government affairs. She graduated from Michigan State University.
The new hires join an ever-growing AHLA Government and Political Affairs team that has played a vital role on behalf of the hospitality industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and on the road to recovery. Over the past 18 months, AHLA has tripled the size of its national and local government affairs team, and the organization continues to be deeply engaged in policy issues affecting hoteliers at all levels of government.
“We are thrilled to welcome Leann, Haleigh and Bianca to our growing team. Their unique and diverse experience will help us improve all facets of AHLA’s government affairs operations,” said Brian Crawford, Vice President AHLA’s Executive of Government Affairs.”AHLA is working tirelessly to support hoteliers and advance policy goals at the federal, state and local levels. And as we contemplate the next stage of recovery, we are strengthening our ability to better engage policy makers and achieve even more advocacy victories on behalf of hoteliers nationwide.
THE SOURCE: American Hotel & Lodging Association press release.