December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

Lisa Bockelman Joins WSWA as Executive Assistant to President and CEO

WASHINGTON – Lisa Bockelman, a seasoned professional with two decades of experience in the nation’s capital has joined the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) as executive assistant to Craig Wolf, President and CEO.

In addition to supporting the chief executive, Bockelman will help manage a variety of ongoing association projects including the WSWA Educational Foundation scholarship program as well as strategic initiatives benefitting members.

“We are thrilled to have Lisa’s focus, energy and organizational skills on our team. With her help, we will continue to provide a high level of service to our members and serve as effective advocates in Washington for the U.S. wine and spirits wholesalers,” WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf said.

A native of Kansas, Bockelman began her career in the office of her home state senator, Robert J. Dole where she served for four years. She later spent several years in the private sector with two prominent Washington, D.C.-based trade associations.

Bockelman worked for five years at the Georgetown University Medical Center in positions of increasing responsibility, ultimate serving as associate administrator for grants and research in the office of the Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. She subsequently worked for Altria Client Services for five years as a specialist.

Lisa Bockelman joins WSWA from Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Squire Sanders), a prominent international law firm where she lobbied on behalf of their government relations clients and provided support and project management for the government relations practice group leader.

WSWA is the national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. With 350 member companies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, WSWA is the voice for wholesalers in Congress, the executive branch, the courts, with the news media and in communities across America. Member firms represent 80% of the total U.S. wine and spirits market. Information about the association is available at

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