TRPLF Elects Cathilea Robinett, Eric Washburn to its Board of Trustees

The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF) announced today the election of Cathilea Robinett, president of e.Republic, and Eric Washburn, sole proprietor of Windward Strategies, LLC, to its Board of Trustees.

“Eric and Cathilea’s areas of expertise and support of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum are invaluable as we set out to tell the story of one of our country’s most extraordinary leaders, Theodore Roosevelt,” said TRPLF CEO Wally Goulet. “It’s a true honor to have both seated at our table during this exciting time.”

Cathilea Robinett brings wealth of knowledge in technology, innovation to TRPLF
Sacramento-based Robinett is president of e.Republic, where she oversees operations for the company’s award-winning media platforms: Governing, Government Technology, Public CIO, and Emergency Management. She also oversees e.Republic’s websites, conferences and events, and its national research and advisory groups: the Center for Digital Government, the Center for Digital Education and the Governing Institute.


“Cathilea’s forward-thinking leadership and technology-based background will not only support our goal to have a true state-of-the-art, interactive museum, but also the first fully digital presidential archive in our country’s history,” said TRPLF Board Chair Bruce Pitts.

In 2014, Robinett directed the launch of the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program, an innovative initiative that encourages future generations of women to participate in public service.

“Roosevelt himself was heavily influenced by the strong women in his life. Cathilea’s leadership in bringing more women into the IT industry and public policy will be instrumental in telling Roosevelt’s story to the American people and the success of our museum,” added Pitts.

She is a frequent speaker for government and education organizations worldwide, including the United Nations, Harvard University, the State Legislative Leaders' Foundation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the World Congress on Information Technology.

Robinett is a recipient of NASCIO’s National Technology Champion Award for her outstanding contributions to advance public sector information technology innovation. She is also the winner of the Gertrude Crain award for her national leadership in media and is a Greater Sacramento Business Hall of Fame Laureate.

“I am honored and excited to be part of this monumental effort.” said Robinett. “Preserving the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt is more important today than ever. I am enthusiastic about bringing my unique experience with both government and the technology sector to help create both a permanent memorial in Roosevelt’s beloved North Dakota and the first fully-digital Presidential archive for posterity.”

Eric Washburn brings expertise in conservation, public policy to TRPLF Board of Trustees
Washburn is an expert in public policy with a deep interest in the life and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt. He is the sole proprietor of Windward Strategies, LLC, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, a company that provides consulting and advocacy services to a range of clients on energy and natural resources issues.


“We are thrilled to welcome Eric to the Board,” said Pitts. “His deep-rooted knowledge in energy and conservation issues met with his passion for Theodore Roosevelt’s life and legacy are exactly the addition we were looking for to support the campaign to build the Theodore Roosevelt President Library and Museum, slated to break ground in western North Dakota, next year.

Washburn has held senior positions in numerous organizations offering legislative and  regulatory advice. Prior to joining the private sector, he worked for ten years in the U.S. Senate, serving in various capacities for Majority Leader Tom Daschle, including as his senior policy advisor. Washburn wrote the first Renewable Fuel Standard legislation and oversaw the development and Senate passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2002. He also previously worked for Senator Harry Reid as the Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Environment and Public Works committee.

Washburn represented the Ducks Unlimited Wetlands America Trust to successfully advocate for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to establish the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area (DGCA) to protect 2 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region of North and South Dakota.

As founding executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Washburn managed a broad coalition of dozens of national hunting and fishing organizations to promote natural resource conservation policies in Washington, D.C.

Washburn is a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University Forest, a 4,000-acre laboratory and classroom, and is currently writing a book about forest conservation in the United States. He studied at Yale University, where he received his Master of Forest Science degree in 1989. He is a member of the Boone and Crockett Club, Trout Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. He also serves as vice-chair on the Board of Directors of the Boulder Open Space Conservancy in Boulder, Colorado.

“I am delighted to be joining the TRPLF Board at this point in history when it is poised to make the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum a reality,” said Washburn. “It’s time that the nation honor President Theodore Roosevelt and his extraordinary legacy in this fashion. Moreover, by undertaking the digitization of his writings, this library project will facilitate future research by TR scholars, further illuminating his remarkable career.”