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Cameron D. Whitman
ARC States' Washington Representative


Cameron Whitman has served as the Appalachian states' Washington representative at the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) since 2004. In this role she represents the collective interests of the 13 Appalachian states on matters related to Commission policy, legislative activities, and administration.


Whitman has more than 20 years' experience in lobbying, advocacy, and public interest group leadership. Prior to joining the ARC Office of States' Washington Representative, she was the director for policy and federal relations at the National League of Cities, a public interest organization representing 18,000 cities and towns. She guided the league's policy development process, overseeing seven policy development committees. She also led a team of lobbyists in advancing issues important to cities with the federal administration, Congress, and the judiciary.

From 1989 to 1994, Whitman was the field director for two public interest organizations. She built national grassroots networks for both organizations and worked closely with members across the country to develop strategies and materials for advocacy with local, state, and federal levels of government.

Prior to settling in Washington, D.C., in 1987, Whitman worked abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer and as a consultant for Belgrade Television and Yugoslavia's Independent Film Producers, the U. S. Department of State, and the United Nations. She also served as community liaison coordinator at the U.S. embassy in Rome.

Whitman holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Randolph-Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College) in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is a native of North Carolina.