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District Policy Group Introduces New Advisory Board

June 25, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2014
Contact: Becky Lanz | (202) 230-5640 | Rebecca.Lanz@dbr.com

District Policy Group Introduces New Advisory Board
Panel Will Bring Range of Expertise to Top-Level Government Relations Team

Washington D.C., June 25, 2014—The District Policy Group announced today the appointment of a new advisory board, comprised of top-level federal policy experts, former Administration officials and government relations strategists. With a combined expertise in health, education and economic policy, public relations, labor and employment issues, the team brings a dynamic breadth of strategic resource to the District Policy Group and its clients.

“Drinker Biddle, through the District Policy Group, is proud to continue to advance the range of full-service government relations, public policy, and advocacy representation offered to our clients,” said Laura Phillips, Partner and Chair of Drinker Biddle’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Department. “The District Policy Group Advisory Board is a creative, new, and cost-effective innovation and will provide expanded access to a strong assembly of experts for the benefit of our clients.”

The six 2014 members of the Advisory Board are:

Bradford Campbell, Counsel, Drinker Biddle – Bradford served as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits and head of the Employee Benefits Security Administration under President George W. Bush.

Scott Coffina, Partner, Drinker Biddle – Scott served as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush, serving as the White House legal liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Election Commission and the Office of Special Counsel, as well as handling Congressional oversight investigations.

Michael O'Grady, PhD – Michael served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush. He also served as senior Republican staff to the Senate Finance and Joint Economic Committees of the U.S. Congress.

Charles Rose, Partner, Drinker Biddle – Charlie served as General Counsel to the U.S. Department of Education under President Barack Obama.

Jesse Ruiz, Partner, Drinker Biddle – Jesse serves as legal counsel to the fourteen Illinois senators and representatives who formed the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation. In 2003, and again in 2009, he received the Foundation’s Leadership Award.

Tracy Sefl – Tracy is a nationally recognized communications specialist. She advises the Ready for Hillary political action committee and is a longtime communications advisor to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

“Imaginative strategies and problem solving are a staple of our client service offerings. The launch of our Advisory Board comprised of Drinker Biddle and external professionals is a way for us to leverage the experts we have at our fingertips to advance our clients interests in a cost-effective and tailored manner,” said Ilisa Halpern Paul, President of the District Policy Group.

"Multi-discilplinary approaches are the paths to victory. When communications strategies are integral to advocacy efforts, more issues are elevated and more battles are won,” said Tracy Sefl, Advisory Board member. “The District Policy Group understands this and I am looking forward to contributing with this diverse team.”

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work more closely with the District Policy Group. Their skill and expertise provide a strong return on investment for any client looking for effective representation in DC,” said Michael O’Grady, Advisory Board member.

The District Policy Group offers a full range of government relations services, including direct lobbying, policy analysis and development, grassroots organizing, advocacy and social media training, regulatory and agency advocacy, Capitol Hill advocacy days and other Washington-based events planning, legislative and regulatory monitoring, coalition building, organizational and company profile-raising and branding before policymaking audiences and government relations strategic planning.