The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) announced that Sarah Bratko of Bristol, RI, has been appointed Manager of Governmental Affairs. Bratko brings several years of legal and political expertise to her new role. She served formerly as Operations Director for the Pell for Governor Campaign. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk in area practices and local government including: Phillips, Silver, Talman, Aframe & Sinrich, P.C in Worcester, MA; Lederberg & Blackman, LLP in Providence; the Rhode Island House Policy Office; and the Rhode Island Board of Elections.
She is a member of the bar in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. As Manager of Governmental Affairs, Bratko is responsible for evaluating proposed legislation to determine its potential impact on the restaurant and hotel industries, and communicating the Association’s position on legislation to the legislative and executive branches. She is also tasked with educating and informing membership on legislative issues of importance and overseeing the Association’s Governmental Affairs Council, and managing the Association’s Board of Directors.