Laura Hanen has more than 25 years of bipartisan experience in government relations and public affairs. She is known for her highly analytical approach to identifying, developing and implementing effective strategies for promoting issues and influencing legislation, while forming productive relationships and fostering collaborative efforts in the process.
Laura has particular experience in the public health arena. She has built and maintained relationships with members of Congress, congressional staff and officials at a number of government agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the White House. She draws on these relationships to amplify advocacy through collaboration and coordination.
She is experienced in public affairs, communications and marketing and has served as a national spokesperson, with quotes in national media outlets including The New York Times, Reuters, The Huffington Post, Politico, The Hill and Marketplace on NPR.
Prior to joining the firm, Laura served as the Chief of Government Affairs for the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, D.C., where she provided strategic leadership for 2,800 local health departments and oversaw policy development, federal lobbying, the Big Cities Health Coalition, and coordinated the communications function. Prior to that, she was the Director of Government Relations for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors. Laura also previously served as Senior Lobbyist for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as a legislative assistant for Congressman Rick Boucher of the Ninth District of Virginia, and as a legislative assistant in the Government Relations Department of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
- Georgetown University, M.P.P., 1995
- Earlham College, B.A., International Studies, 1990