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 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.
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