- Vice President, Government Affairs & Managing Director of Public Affairs; Executive Director, Women
Ashley Wilson is a legislative strategist with deep knowledge of both politics and process, sharpened over a 20-year career in Washington, D.C. She earned her stripes on Capitol Hill, where she is well-known by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle for her ability to build bridges, navigate choppy political waters, and get the job done.
As vice president in the Congressional and Public Affairs Division, Wilson provides strategic advice on how to get tax bills done in Washington. With strong relationships both on and off Capitol Hill, she has the experience and tools to get results. Wilson successfully led the Chamber’s advocacy effort to enact the first comprehensive tax reform package in over 31 years. She also directed the Chamber’s legislative efforts from 2002 to 2007 in securing major legislative victories for the business community on transportation, water resources, and federal aviation issues.
Over her career, Wilson has also developed close relationships with various industry and association groups, often serving as an expert speaker on congressional outlook, tax, and infrastructure.
Before joining the Chamber, Wilson was legislative assistant to former Sen. William V. Roth Jr. (R-DE), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. She aided the senator on the Finance Committee working on tax, energy, environment, and infrastructure issues. She played an integral role in negotiating must-pass bills and shepherding them through the legislative process.
Wilson honed her advocacy skills in senior positions with the Association of American Railroads, the nation’s largest railroad association. She also was director of legislative affairs for Amtrak. Keyed into the economic environment and political landscapes, she directed successful strategies—including grassroots and coalition development—that secured legislative wins for the association and passenger rail groups.