Lauren Maddox | Principal

Lauren Maddox | Principal

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • BA, Creighton University | MS, Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism
  • Education Policy, House and Senate Leadership, Coalition Building
  • Former Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach at the Department of Education

  • Former communications adviser to House Republican leadership

  • Specializes in tactics and in crafting narratives to frame policy goals that move clients from point A to point B effectively and efficiently

  • Works both the regulatory and legislative process for foundations and Fortune 100 companies, major universities and nonprofits, on issues like Pell Grants and student loans

  • Trustee on the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Board, as well as the American Action Forum Board and a member of the Advisory Board of the DC Chapter of Education Pioneers

  • Founded a Public Policy Scholarship Fund for women at her alma mater, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

  • Ran the Marine Corps Marathon and the Quantico and Indianapolis half marathons

  • Makes the best chocolate chip cookie in town

With far-reaching experience in the executive and legislative branches, Lauren Maddox provides Podesta Group clients with insider advice on how public policy is created and communicated. An authority on education and health care and a known figure within GOP leadership circles, Lauren has put her proven smarts to work – a point made apparent when she developed a strategy that secured $25 million in federal funding for a renowned medical facility that helps children and families in need of care in the national capital region.

During President George W. Bush’s administration, Lauren was confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach at the Department of Education. In that role, she served as the primary communications adviser to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on education issues from kindergarten through college and was also the leading strategist on outreach to opinion leaders and education stakeholders.

Lauren began her career on Capitol Hill, where she first arrived on November 9, 1989 – the day the Berlin Wall came down. Inspired by that moment of progress, she eventually served as a senior communications adviser to the House Republican leadership; including former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich (R-GA); former Republican Conference Chairman, J.C. Watts, Jr. (R-OK); and former Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO). Before that, she was the senior spokesperson and communications strategist for two national health care trade associations.

A native of Milwaukee, WI, Lauren has a bachelor's in psychology from Creighton University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. She is a Trustee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and serves on the board of the American Action Forum, a public policy institute, and on the DC Advisory Board of Education Pioneers, a non-profit dedicated to transforming our education system by fostering new leaders. She has studied Latin and once braved the Marine Corps Marathon.