About Us

The Washington Area Total Rewards Association (WATRA), formerly know as the Washington Area Compensation and Benefits Association (WACABA) is a member of the WorldAtWork Group Partnership Network, an international alliance of human resources organizations dedicated to excellence in compensation and benefits.

We are dedicated to:

  • Fostering the development and advancement of knowledge, programs, techniques and practices in the field of compensation and benefits;
  • Exchanging information, ideas, trends and policies affecting total rewards;
  • Providing continuing professional development for the members engaged in these disciplines;
  • Providing access to surveys and research information at no/reduced cost;
  • Providing networking opportunities with peers, professional colleagues and vendors.
WATRA is a not-for-profit organization organized under 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code and governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of up to fifteen compensation and benefits professionals, eight of whom are also officers: President, VP - Programs, VP & Secretary, VP & Treasurer, VP - Website, VP - Sponsorships, VP - Development, VP - Surveys.

The Board is responsible for governing the organization within the Articles of Association to achieve its mission, furthering the objectives of the Association, and managing the ongoing programmatic and educational activities.


Become a Member

WATRA welcomes you to browse our site and use the features available to the public. Members get access to additional resources such as our archive of presentation materials from past programs.  Learn more about our membership benefits.