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NATE Names Its New Head Lobbyist

Todd Washam starts Friday; Jim Goldwater plans retirement

NATE, Todd Washam, Communications Infrastructure Contractors AssociationNATE has a new face in Washington.

The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association — also known as NATE, from its former name the National Association of Tower Erectors — announced Todd Washam as director of government relations and wireless industry network, a staff position.

The organization’s veteran lobbyist Jim Goldwater is nearing retirement; he has signed a short-term extension through February and will assist in the transition.

[Read: Kathy Stieler Joins NATE]

“Todd Washam comes to NATE with an extensive background that includes serving as a congressional staffer for approximately 10 years, working in the executive branch at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and working for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America Association,” the organization said in the announcement.

“Washam, an Ohio native, possesses a deep network of contacts on Capitol Hill, has a keen understanding of issues important to small business contractors and has considerable experience advocating for workforce development issues and the important role that the skilled trades play in our communities and economy.”

In the announcement, Washam was quoted saying, “Our country is investing in communications infrastructure projects at historic levels, and we need to ensure we have the skilled workforce available to see these projects come to completion.”