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New Washington Office Directors to Continue Tradition of Strong States, Strong Nation

WASHINGTON – The National Conference of State Legislatures has two new directors of the Washington, DC, office.  Molly Ramsdell and Neal Osten will lead the Washington office and direct the state-federal affairs division.

Ramsdell, a senior committee director, and Osten, federal affairs counsel for the organization will begin their new roles immediately. They are replacing DC office Director Carl Tubbesing, who retired at the end of January after 35 years with NCSL.

“Neal and Molly together will direct NCSL’s lobbying efforts to promote the best interests of states with Congress and the White House,” said William Pound, executive director. “Now more than ever, state legislatures look to NCSL to provide them with a voice in Washington that advocates against federal mandates and preemption and fosters a strong state-federal partnership. I’m confident Molly and Neal will continue this tradition. ”

Neal OstenMolly RamsdellRamsdell has been with NCSL for 14 years and is the staff liaison for the NCSL’s standing committees on Budgets and Revenue, Transportation and NCSL’s Executive Committee Task Force on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.  Her work with the committees and task force includes leading NCSL’s activities before Congress and the administration on a host of issues. Ramsdell is the author of NCSL’s Mandate Monitor, a publication that tracks federal mandates and the cost shift to states.
 
Osten, who has been with NCSL for 17 years, is federal affairs counsel for communications, financial services and interstate commerce. He also is staff director for NCSL’s Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce.  He is responsible for federal-state relations for the nations’ 50 state legislatures’ regulation of communications and technology industries, financial services and interstate commerce.  In this capacity, he also oversees sales tax simplifications; telecommunications tax reform, corporate taxation, interstate taxation and business activity taxes. 

Prior to joining NCSL, Ramsdell was a research associate at the Intergovernmental Health Policy Project at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Ramsdell holds a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  Ramsdell also completed her undergraduate work at GWU.

Prior to joining NCSL, Osten served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, as the Director of the Office of Government Affairs and Public Information for Food and Consumer Services in the Department of Agriculture. Before joining the Bush Administration, Neal served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, Senator Jay P. Rolison, Jr, of Poughkeepsie. He attended Villanova University and the School of Public Affairs at the State University of New York at Albany.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.