As president of WCIT, Lori Otto Punke leads advocacy efforts to support Washington’s international competitiveness through trade and oversees the management and growth of the organization. She is also the founder and principal of LOP Strategies, where she helps clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and associations on public affairs, policy and communication. Lori previously held a variety of senior public affairs positions at Starbucks Coffee Company and Microsoft Corporation, and has served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Senate leadership. She has a proven track record in advocacy and expertise in trade, technology, intellectual property rights protections, and transportation policy. Lori earned her her B.A. from George Washington University and studied international relations and political science in London and Madrid.
Ashley Dutta is the vice president of policy and communication of the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT). In this role, she designs and implements communication and advocacy campaigns on trade policies that will benefit Washington’s workers and employers. Her past professional experience includes stints at the Washington State Department of Commerce’s International Trade Division, multiple nonprofits working on global development initiatives, a public relations firm, and the U.S. State Department. She has a Master’s degree from the UW Jackson School of International Studies, and a Bachelor’s of international political communication from Vanderbilt University. She has studied, worked and volunteered abroad in India, France and Thailand.
Danielle Holstein is the policy and communication manager of the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT). She is responsible for research and for producing outreach and media relations materials that engage the public in important policy issues. Danielle comes to WCIT with previous experience at the City of Seattle, NOAA, and WSDOT. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, where she majored in philosophy.