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Cindy Zehnder

Cindy is Vice President at Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs. Prior to joining GTHGA, Cindy served as Chief of  Staff to Governor Chris Gregoire where she provided leadership to the senior staff and managed the Governor’s Office operations, including legislative relations, policy development, budget, communications, crisis management, and constituent relations.

From 2003 to 2007, Cindy was the CEO of Washington State’s public affairs network, TVW, which televises all major legislative, executive branch, and Supreme Court proceedings. For five sessions prior to that, Cindy served as Chief Clerk of the Washington State House of Representatives where she was responsible for all legislative operations.

Cindy began her career as a truck driver and dockworker followed by a number of leadership positions within the Teamsters union, including International Representative, Coordinator of the Washington Joint Council of Teamsters; and Secretary-Treasurer and Principle Officer of the Freight, Tanker, and Carhaul Drivers in King County.

Cindy has a long history of community involvement including participation on the University of Washington Board of Regents and the boards of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, WSU Tri Cities, Washington State Workforce Board, and University of Washington Tacoma. She has served on the executive boards of the National Caucus of State Legislatures, the Trust for Representative Democracy, the NCSL Foundation, the National Association of Clerks and Secretaries, and the National Association of Public Affairs Networks.

She currently serves on the Washington State Public Stadium Authority Board. Cindy received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Washington. She lives in Olympia with her husband, Mike Branstetter.

 

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