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District Policy Group Adds Experienced Policy and Legislative Advisors

November 20, 2019

Noted Drinker Biddle regulatory and trade lawyer Nate Bolin joins District Policy Group advisory board

WASHINGTON — Nov. 20, 2019 — The District Policy Group, the bipartisan government affairs group housed within national law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, announced today the addition of Jennifer Taylor McBride as special advisor and Ian Rockwell as government relations manager.

McBride has more than 20 years of experience in federal government relations and public policy. As a member of the firm’s senior lobbying team, she supports clients in developing and deploying the strategies and assets they need to garner congressional and stakeholder support to advance policy goals and objectives. She joins the District Policy Group from a Washington, D.C.- based advocacy consulting firm. Prior to her career as a consultant, McBride served for more than 10 years as associate director of public policy and advocacy at the Arthritis Foundation and as a government affairs associate for the National Health Council.

Rockwell conducts legislative, regulatory, and industry research and monitors political and electoral developments, helping clients anticipate and respond to change in Washington. He attends and reports back from briefings, coalition meetings and congressional hearings to stay informed on the latest policy developments.

Rockwell joined the District Policy Group after working at the Canadian Embassy and then, for four years, in the United States Senate as a legislative staffer for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). In that role, Rockwell worked on international affairs, global health and education, and he became steeped in Senate process, particularly congressional budgeting and appropriations.

“We are excited to have Jennifer and Ian join our team,” said Ilisa Halpern Paul, president of the District Policy Group. “Jennifer brings exceptional experience in federal government relations, grassroots advocacy, and public policy, and Ian brings a wealth of knowledge about the federal legislative process and national politics. They further strengthen an already remarkable bipartisan group of lobbyists and public policy professionals.”

The District Policy Group also announced today that Nate Bolin, a partner in the Government and Regulatory Affairs practice at Drinker Biddle, has joined the District Policy Group’s Advisory Board. Bolin is the second recent addition to the board, following Kara Kasper Cardinale, principal of Kasper Cardinale Consulting, LLC. Cardinale is a former senior analyst for the Office of Management and Budget, where she worked for both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. She joined the board in January 2018. Cardinale has deep expertise in the federal budget and Medicare payment policies and works with the District Policy Group in providing strategic advice and analysis to clients on regulatory and legislative actions impacting the health care industry.

The District Policy Group’s bipartisan Advisory Board consists of well-respected former administration officials and other influential and recognizable public policy and public affairs officials with diverse expertise in health policy, economics, public relations and communications, social media, trade policy, and labor and employment issues among myriad other topics.

In another notable development, the District Policy Group announced that its website now features a “Congressional Retirement Tracker,” which lists incumbent members of the U.S. Congress who are not seeking re-election in 2020. The tracker is particularly noteworthy for its inclusion of the committee assignments of each retiring member, illustrating where openings will be available next session. The tracker can be accessed at