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Meet Elaine.

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Elaine Vining Special Advisor
  • (202) 230-5367

Elaine has more than 35 years’ experience in government relations, both within the legislative and executive branches and in public policy advocacy. Prior to joining the firm, she spent 10 years as Assistant Director of Federal Government Relations with the American Academy of Pediatrics, a national organization representing over 66,000 pediatricians, covering such issues as therapeutic drugs and devices, mental health, adolescent health, and children with disabilities.
Elaine also served on the Pediatric Advisory Committee, an expert scientific panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

During the Clinton administration, Elaine served as the U.S. Department of Education’s health care reform expert, working with the White House and federal agencies. She also spent four years during the Obama administration in the Office of Legislation at the FDA, working directly with the Commissioner and key FDA leadership on a variety of national priority concerns and pressing public health issues, including prescription drug abuse, labeling and scheduling of drugs, medical devices and tobacco product regulation.

Elaine received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She currently serves as a Vice President of the Parents Council of Washington. A native of the D.C. area, Elaine grew up in the shadow of the Capitol, often accompanying her father to the Hill, where he was Accounts Manager for the C&P Telephone Company, which provided service to all congressional offices. She now resides in suburban Maryland with her husband, a retired Air Force pilot, and their daughter.