Ashli Watts named VP of Public Affairs at Kentucky Chamber

Ashli WattsOn Monday, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson announced that Ashli Watts has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Public Affairs.

Watts joined the staff of the Kentucky Chamber in November 2012 as a Manager of Public Affairs specializing in health care policy.  In October 2014, she was promoted to the position of Director of Public Affairs, and in January of 2016 she was named Acting Vice President of Public Affairs. In her new role, Watts will lead a team of six lobbyists and direct the Chamber’s public policy team.

“During the 2016 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, Ashli stepped up to fill the vacancy left when Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bryan Sunderland was recruited by Gov. Matt Bevin to be his legislative director,” said Adkisson. “She has done an amazing job for the business community as Acting Vice President and certainly deserves this permanent appointment.”

Prior to joining the Chamber, Watts worked at the Kentucky Bar Association and the Legislative Research Commission.  She graduated from Campbellsville University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History in 2004 and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Louisville.

The Kentucky Chamber, the largest business organization in the state, advocates for thousands of companies of all sizes across the Commonwealth. The Chamber is routinely ranked as the top organization in the state for its investment in advocacy and monitors hundreds of bills each year for its members. To learn more about the Chamber and its mission, visit

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