HDC enters policy space

July 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

With Tarini Parti

FIRST IN PI … HEALTH DATA CONSORTIUM ENTERS POLICY SPACE, HIRES LAUREN ELLIS: The public-private partnership Health Data Consortium, or HDC, is bulking up its policy and government affairs arm with a key policy and government affairs hire. Lauren Ellis has joined the nonprofit as director of policy and government affairs, the association tells PI. She previously served as senior policy adviser to former Rep. Todd Akin — where she handled a diverse portfolio of issues including healthcare, financial services, trade, budget, labor, taxes and defense. The consortium is a public-private partnership that works to make healthcare data more widely available and to help foster innovation in the space.

“What I really was excited about was this collaboration between the private sector, nonprofits and public entities like HHS,” said Ellis in an interview with PI. The position provides an opportunity for her to engage “in this larger discussion about how do we liberate health data and the value that it provides.”

She’ll lead HDC’s new foray into the public policy space. The nonprofit is also launching a new policy committee. The committee will allow members of the consortium to help debate and formulate policy recommendations regarding health data issues. CEO Dwayne Spradlin says the new committee is ‘going to give us a very powerful new tool to use” in the health data space.

GOOD MONDAY AFTERNOON where it’s been 225 years since the storming of the Bastille prison during the French revolution. It’s also been 11 years since Robert Novak outed U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s wife as a CIA agent in a Washington Post column. Send lobbying news, gossip, tips and scoops to btau@politico.com. And keep up with PI on Twitter by following @ByronTau or @PoliticoPI.

MCGOWEN JOINS OMADA HEALTH: Chris McGowen will be opening a Washington, DC office for Omada Health — a San Francisco-based startup focusing on digital therapeutics for diabetes prevention. McGowen comes to Omada after nearly 10 years in government affairs for Novo Nordisk. He’s also a board member for the Public Affairs Council and RunningStart.

DOWNTOWNERS TAKE TO COUNTRY ROADS TO FOR THUNE: A large K Street crowd made a weekend trip to the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia this weekend for an event to benefit Sen. John Thune and his Heartland Values PAC. This is the fourth annual Heartland Values PAC retreat. Spotted: Ed Fortunato of Honeywell, Katherine Lugar of American Hotel and Lodging Association; Keith Murphy of Viacom, David Tamasi of Rasky Baerlein, Bill Bailey of Disney, Marc Cadin of AALU and Robert Fisher of Verizon among others. Special guests included Rep. Shelley Capito (R-W. Va.) and Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.).

PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL HOSTS LOBBYING, ISSUES WORKSHOPS: The Public Affairs Council is hosting two lobbying-related programs next week. On July 21, the council will hold a lobbying management workshop called “Best Practices for Leading Your Team to Legislative Success.” A second issues management program will be held on July 22. The association has speakers from Voya Financial, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Unilever, Serlin Haley LLP, Tyco, FleishmanHillard and Teva Pharmaceuticals. The programs are geared towards senior-level government relations professionals. More info on the programs can be found here: http://bit.ly/1kVGWuK.

STORY PARTNERS CONTINUES GROWTH SPURT, LOOKS FOR ‘BRYCE HARPERS’ OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS/PR: The public affairs firm founded by Gloria Story Dittus is adding even more staffers. The firm Story Partners tells PI that it is hiring for a executive assistant and an associate director. “Story Partners has added several ‘Washington D.C. rock stars’ this year, and we are continuing to grow our smart, strategic and seasoned team,” said Amos Snead, Principal at Story Partners. “We look for the Bryce Harpers of the public affairs/public relations world — energetic, exciting and guaranteed to deliver every time up.” That’s on top of six other hires since the start of 2014: Cameron Coursen and Jen Voss from Ogilvy PR as VP and Senior Director, respectively; Maureen Beach as a Senior Director from the ABA; Gabi Beaumont as Senior Marketing Director; Sam Pepi as Digital Director and Lauren Culbertson as a Director.

ITI HIRES SHANNON TAYLOR: The Information Technology Industry Council has added House Energy and Commerce Committee counsel Shannon Taylor, the association announced Friday. In her new role, she’ll serve as director of government affairs and legislative counsel — serving as lead government affairs liaison with members of the House of Representatives. “Shannon is a welcome addition to our government affairs team,” said ITI Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Andy Halataei.  “With her background providing trusted counsel and policy guidance to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on issues of importance for the tech sector, Shannon will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to ITI’s member companies.”

DOWNTOWNER, POLITICO’S CHAN VIE FOR ‘MOST BEAUTIFUL’ TITLE: American Petroleum Institute lobbyist Brian Johnson and POLITICO director of digital products Megan Chan are among the finalists in The Hill‘s 50 Most Beautiful Reader’s Choice poll. They’re also up against Brad Jenkins of the White House, and Capitol Hill staffers Meredith Raimondi and Mike McQuerry. Vote here if you’re so inclined: http://bit.ly/1tIvdcn

CORRECTION: PI wrote “Conference forces” instead of “Confederate forces” in our Friday historical fact about the Battle of Fort Stevens. We apologize for the error and thank our readers for their many emails.


U.S. CHAMBER EYES THE VALLEY The Washington Post takes a look at the U.S. Chamber’s recently announced efforts to court the tech set. “The center — which was announced in April and hosts its first event this week — is the Chamber’s only major office outside Washington, and part of its mission is to serve the powerful business lobby’s existing members. But the big focus is persuading Silicon Valley that it needs what David Chavern calls “public policy leadership on national issues” and the kind of lobbying muscle he says that only the Chamber can provide.” http://wapo.st/1zAj3mo

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INTERNS TAKE NOTE: Roll Call has published its first eBook — a guide to acing a Hill internship. Described to PI as a “snappy little guide,” it’s a collection of the best of Roll Call’s Hill Navigator columns written by Rebecca Gale along with some updated advice for eager young interns. Surely much of that advice translates to K Street internships. More info here: http://bit.ly/1oXlsAh


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