Founder - Chairperson
Tonya Saunders is a tireless advocate. She is a leader, a go-getter, a planner, a speaker, and a lobbyist. Working her way from state to national government, she carved her path first in the world of health care and seniors’ issues, then moved into the diverse areas of telecommunications, financial services, transportation, women’s issues, and small, emerging, and medium-sized business issues. Ms. Saunders has proven again and again that she is an accomplished advocate on Capitol Hill by building relationships and effecting legislative change for her clients. After 17 years of working for others, Tonya struck out on her own, founding Washington Premier Consulting, LLC (WPC), in 2010. WPC was originally a government relations and strategic planning business. Recently, WPC was changed into a federal contracting company and counts the Department of Energy as a client. Tonya then formed Washington Premier Group (WPG), LLC, to handle all lobbying, public relations, and management consulting work. Ms. Saunders continues to deliver for her clients, whether it is creating a coalition, planning an annual leadership conference, amending, passing, or suggesting new legislation, or speaking about issues that are meaningful for Tonya and her clients.