Elaine H. Vining

Special Advisor, District Policy Group
elaine.vining dbr.com
Phone: (202) 230-5367 (202) 230-5367
Fax: (202) 842-8465


Elaine H. Vining has more than 35 years’ experience in government relations, both within the legislative and executive branches and in public policy advocacy. Elaine’s practice centers on working with medical device and health technology clients, patient advocacy organizations, research entities, health professional societies, and others working in the social services and health fields to advance their policy and funding interests before Congress and federal agencies. Elaine is particularly skilled in direct lobbying, public policy and advocacy event planning, and creative strategies to generate positive attention and support. She splits her time between federal budget and appropriations advocacy and policy authorizing issues, and brings valuable Hill experience, having worked in both Congressional personal and committee offices.

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 in the Office of Legislation at the FDA, working directly with the Commissioner and key FDA leadership on a variety of issues including prescription drug abuse, labeling and scheduling of drugs, medical devices and tobacco product regulation.



  • Mount Saint Mary's University, B.A., Political Science and History


  • Parents Council of Washington, Vice President