Industry Update
Appointment13 January 2021

Jason Riederer

Appointed Director of State & Local Government Affairs
At American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) in Washington - DC, USA

Jason Riederer

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today announced several additions to its staff as part of the association's efforts to deepen its expertise in state and local government affairs and communications and meet our members' needs today and in the future.

Jason Riederer has been named Senior Director of State & Local Government Affairs. In this new role, Riederer will focus on state and local advocacy and partner state association engagement for the western U.S. He will be based in Reno, Nev.

Riederer comes to AHLA after directing state and local government affairs for biometric security company CLEAR. An Alaska native, he has extensive experience in Western politics and advocacy through his work with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a Nevada tech startup, and as Legislative Director for Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei (R-Nev.).

Additional new hires include:

  • Ashley Hunter joined AHLA as Social Media Senior Manager, where her duties will include developing and managing AHLA's social media strategy. Hunter previously worked at kglobal, where she worked with clients such as Amazon, Ford and One Energy.
  • Joseph Lampone has been named Communications & AHLA Foundation Coordinator. Lampone will support both the Communications & Foundation team with managing databases, social media platforms and other core team functions. He previously worked as a Marketing Consultant in the restaurant and financial industries.
  • Blake Waravdekar has been named Member & Operations Coordinator. She will support AHLA's membership engagement efforts, particularly with our corporate members, while also assisting the Operations team with administrative initiatives. Waravdekar joins AHLA from SPARGO, where she managed relationships for various government and healthcare clients.
  • Lorraine Canty has been named Executive Assistant to President and CEO. Canty will work closely with the full executive team and help to manage the Board of the Directors and Executive Committee. She joins AHLA with extensive experience most recently at the National Children's Alliance.

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers.
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