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Growing a Deeper Bench at District Policy Group

August 8, 2018

In sports, the team with the deepest bench has an edge. At the District Policy Group our strength lies in the depth of knowledge and experience our team brings to the table. As such, I am delighted to share with you the addition of two outstanding players for 2018.

Elaine Vining, who joined us as special advisor in March, is a D.C. native with more than three decades of government relations experience. Having worked in the legislative branch on Capitol Hill and the executive branch at the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Drug Administration, Elaine’s behind-the-scenes perspective and mastery includes topics such as prescription drug abuse, labeling and scheduling of drugs, oversight of medical devices, and tobacco regulation. Her insider knowledge of some of today’s most pressing issues has already proven to be invaluable to the District Policy Group. Some of you may recall that Elaine was with our team in 2010−2011 and left us to go in-house at the FDA. We are so pleased to have her back at the firm, as are our clients!

Laura Hanen joined our team in August from her position as the Chief of Government Affairs for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Prior to her tenure with NACCHO, Laura worked at the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors and on Capitol Hill for a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. She also did stints at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and earned a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. With decades of public and private sector and nonprofit association experience, Laura brings a deep knowledge of all levels of health care policy in addition to expertise in the federal budget and appropriations process.

Successfully navigating the corridors of power in Washington is a business that requires policy depth, emotional intelligence, political instinct, strong written and verbal communication skills, creativity, and tenacity. That is why we at District Policy Group welcome fresh and talented voices to help us deliver our clients’ messages and ensure their voices are heard. With Elaine and Laura on our bench, we most definitely will continue with our winning team.

Ilisa Halpern Paul