Blog post by Ashley Duckman
Ashley Duckman is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Maryland Chamber. As the VP, she leads advocacy efforts on behalf of the 4,500+ members of the Maryland Chamber before the Maryland General Assembly and on the federal level. Duckman’s responsibilities include developing, leading, and executing the legislative strategy of the organization and maintaining positive working relationships with key elected officials and members of the Administration in order to build a better understanding of and appreciation for business issues.
The Maryland Chamber sat down with Ashley Duckman to get to know her better and expand on what she brings to her role as Vice President Government Affairs.
You spent nearly a decade at the American Gas Association (AGA) in Washington D.C. representing natural gas utilities. What did you learn from that experience that you will bring to the Maryland Chamber?
As a born and raised Marylander, I am looking forward to contributing to and building upon the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s legacy of making Maryland a better place to live and work. Finding commonalities and empowering our members through education is something I have perfected over my career. It is important to me that businesses of all shapes and sizes can utilize the resources provided by the Maryland Chamber to advocate for themselves effectively and positively.
What excites you about Maryland politics?
While Congress often moves at a glacial pace, in Maryland policy moves quickly because we have a 90-day window to get things done. As a result, we must be innovative, strategic, and efficient in how we engage in the legislative process. This aspect of Maryland politics has always intrigued and excited me. It is an honor to be able to advocate for the business community at the state and federal levels.
What is something new you are planning on bringing to the Chamber?
With the federal government making monumental decisions that impact all states and citizens, I believe it is important to stay engaged with our federal delegation and leaders. I plan on renewing the Maryland Chamber’s federal engagement, which is something I have seen as an important component in business advocacy from my time lobbying on Capitol Hill.
Can you give us some insight about what you are planning for the 2020 Legislative Session?
There are several ways we will continue to engage with our state policymakers and partners, and I hope to build on the great work the Maryland Chamber has already done to advance our 2020 legislative priorities. Many of us continue to hear that the 2020 Legislative Session will be about the Kirwan Commission. This is an area in which we will continue to engage, focusing proactively on the sources of revenue needed to pay for what will be the most expensive education reform our state has seen to date. Additionally, we will continue to engage on the topic of reducing taxes for small businesses, which we know is impediment to growth and business development.
To get involved with the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s advocacy work and use your voice for a stronger state, learn more about our Policy Committees.