Rhoda Washington

director of external affairs and public policy at Turning Point Brands.

Rhoda Washington is the director of external affairs and public policy with Turning Point Brands. Washington has more than 20 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, leading bioethics and healthcare organizations, labor unions and nonprofit organizations where she has provided oversight and direction in the areas of legislative, regulatory and compliance issue management, integrated strategic planning, crisis communications, message strategy, philanthropic partnerships, campaign strategy and media advocacy while serving as the on-the-record spokesperson.

She has extensive experience and a keen understanding of legislative and administrative processes at the federal, state and local levels.

Previously, Washington was a senior advisor with Watts Partners where she provided thought leadership and crisis communications development for national projects.

Washington also served as senior director of government relations and campaign strategies for the Laborers’ International Union of North America and senior regional manager for government relations and public affairs with Walmart.

Prior to that, Washington served in appointed positions with the Maryland state government and Prince George’s County government.