State’s Top Business Advocate Welcomes Back Lobbyist Behind
Generational Transportation Funding and Unemployment Insurance Reforms
Jake Cashion has been named vice president of government affairs at the NC Chamber where he will lead lobbying, advocacy, and political efforts for North Carolina’s top business advocate.
Cashion returns to the NC Chamber team after leaving to lead a team expansion at Brooke Cashion and Associates – Allen Tate, a business he runs with his wife, Brooke. Prior to that he worked as a director of government affairs at the NC Chamber from 2011 through 2017, leading unemployment insurance reform efforts, the “NC Can’t Afford to Wait” campaign to achieve transportation funding reform, tort reform, and other significant business issues for the state’s business community.
The addition of this key talent allows NC Chamber General Counsel Ray Starling to focus his expertise on his role as president of the NC Chamber Legal Institute, the North Carolina business community’s organized voice for legal policy development and analysis. The CLI develops legal strategies to protect job creators from threats originating within the court system.
“It is great to welcome Jake back to the NC Chamber team. Jake has a stellar reputation as a coalition builder and tireless advocate for policies that make our state a great place to live and work, “said Gary J. Salamido, president and CEO of the NC Chamber. “Ray can now solely focus his expertise on the issues affecting the North Carolina business climate being brought through the courts. This shift broadens the expertise of our already formidable team and will only strengthen our ability to best represent North Carolina’s job creators everywhere policy is shaped.”