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February 9, 2021



Sunita Theiss

Tel. 404-775-5075

Washington, DC (February 9, 2021)— Women’s Public Leadership Network (WPLN) announced today that it has appointed Dee Dee Bass Wilbon, Partner at Bass Public Affairs, to the WPLN Board of Directors. “I am excited to welcome Dee Dee to the Board of Directors,” said WPLN Co-Founder and President, Larissa Martinez, “and I am looking forward to her expertise in public affairs and communications contributing to our efforts to educate, organize, and inspire women across the country as they seek public office and serve their communities.” "As a mother to a 13-year-old young lady, it is very important to me that she knows her voice is just as important as any voice in the room,” says Dee Dee Bass WIlbon. "Women have not always had a seat at the table. I believe the work Women’s Public Leadership Network is doing through the resources and training, and more importantly, the support, is allowing a new generation of women to know that they don’t have to wait to be invited to the table. They can bring a seat for themselves and other women as well.” Other newly appointed members of the board include Jessica Rubie, Executive Director, Flourish at Texas A&M University; Matthew Ralston, Manager, State Affairs at Troutman Pepper Strategies; Amy Whited, Regional Director, Government Relations & Public Affairs, at UCB; and Joel Noyes, Senior Manager, Government & External Affairs, at Hess Corporation. Board members continuing their terms include Jenifer Sarver, Principal at Sarver Strategies; Valerie Dowling, Director, Women’s Democracy Network, at the International Republican Institute; Jerri Ann Henry, Vice President at Forbes Tate Partners; and Larissa Martinez, Co-Founder and President of Women’s Public Leadership Network. Background on Dee Dee Bass Wilbon: Dee Dee and her sister Deana started their firm Bass Public Affairs in 2007. BPA specializes in helping organizations impact public discourse by projecting a clear message in the crowded marketplace of ideas. Dee Dee has over 10 years of experience in corporate America and 15 years as a professional communicator. As a result of her work at Bass Public Affairs and within her community she has received numerous accolades and recognition. Dee Dee has worked as a media consultant for community organizations, business leaders, entertainers and elected officials. In this role she has served as spokeswoman and ghostwriter helping to manage both the owned and earned media relations for a diverse set of communities. National and international media outlets have called on her for her acute political insights. ### About Women’s Public Leadership Network Women’s Public Leadership Network (WPLN) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that educates, organizes, and inspires women to enter public office across the United States. We aim to mitigate barriers women face by partnering with a network of state-based organizations who identify, engage, and train women to run for elected office, obtain political appointments, and become more involved in the political process. WPLN also offers tools and opportunities designed to equip women with the knowledge and resources they need as they step up, get involved in the political process, and lead.

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