A. Shuanise Washington
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ms. A. Shuanise Washington is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF).
Ms. Washington oversees CBCF’s public policy, research, educational and fund raising initiatives, most notably the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), a five-day, policy gathering in Washington, D.C., that draws prominent figures from across politics, business, entertainment, academia and other sectors each September.
Ms. Washington has deep ties to CBCF. For more than 15 years, she has played a variety of important roles, serving on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Corporate Advisory Council and as a corporate funder. She was the board’s chairwoman from March 2012 – February 2013 and its vice chairwoman from 2010 – 2012.
Prior to her appointment as president of CBCF, Ms. Washington led Washington Solutions, LLC, a firm she founded in 2008 after a long and successful career working at the highest levels of corporate America. The firm provided strategic counsel to businesses of all sizes, governments and non-profit organizations, filling a critical range of needs for them, including political outreach, coalition building and grassroots advocacy.
Ms. Washington’s most recent corporate position was as Vice President, Government Affairs Policy & Outreach for Altria Corporate Services. In that role, she oversaw offices in Washington, D.C. and New York as the liaison between Altria’s government affairs teams and key constituencies, including public policy advocates, lawmakers, business leaders and groups representing diverse communities around the country.
Ms. Washington also led the efforts to enhance the company’s profile in a number of areas. Through the company’s Stakeholder Management Systems, for example, Ms. Washington employed traditional grassroots approaches, as well as internet and database technologies, to gain support from various stakeholder groups in both political and nonpolitical campaigns. She also managed Altria Group, Inc.’s political action committee and directed strategic external relationships with business groups, trade associations, public policy groups, and legislative and regulatory organizations that represented key stakeholders and constituencies for Altria Group, Inc.
Prior to that, Ms. Washington served as Vice President, External Affairs for Altria Corporate Services where she was responsible for managing community relations programs and activities throughout the United States.
Ms. Washington previously served as Director, Washington Relations for Philip Morris Management Corp. In this capacity, Ms. Washington was responsible for outreach to legislative caucuses in Congress on issues related to food, tobacco and beer. Before that, she held the position of District Director, State Government Affairs for Philip Morris Management Corp. In this role, she directed the planning and strategy development of State Government Affairs programs and activities in 21 states. Ms. Washington joined Philip Morris USA in 1987.
Prior to joining Philip Morris USA., Ms. Washington worked at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina, where she worked as Box Office Assistant and worked her way up to Assistant Director. Ms. Washington also worked for the Lieutenant Governor’s office in Columbia as the Assistant Director for the South Carolina Program Assistance Line.
Ms. Washington has long had a deep belief in philanthropy and civic engagement. In addition to numerous charitable efforts she undertakes, Ms. Washington also serves as a commissioner on the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission, is the immediate past chair of the board for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. and is a member of The Future PAC, Community Foundation Prince George’s County and The Links, Incorporated. She has received numerous awards and has been featured in various national and local publications.
Ms. Washington holds a Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Social Sciences from the University of South Carolina, and a Cognate in Mathematics.
Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Ms. Washington and her husband, Donald, currently reside in Mitchellville, Maryland.