Ilisa Halpern Paul

Senior Policy Advisor
Ilisa Paul

Ilisa Halpern Paul helps for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations develop strategies to advance their legislative, regulatory, programmatic, policy, and business goals before Congress and the executive branch. Ilisa collaborates with her clients to create and implement comprehensive federal government relations programs. Clients receive direct lobbying representation and strategic counsel regarding legislative, regulatory and grassroots advocacy, coalition building, and third-party stakeholder alliance development. Clients value her strategic and political insight, innovative messaging, creative problem solving, and ability to anticipate federal policy challenges and opportunities.

Ilisa has substantial experience with a wide range of domestic health, education, food/agriculture, and workforce issues. She draws on over 30 years of recorded success leading clients through government relations planning processes and designing and implementing advocacy programs that meet internal organizational goals and influence national policy. Clients benefit from her relationships with federal policymakers in Congress and federal agencies, and rely on her extensive knowledge of various issues, including:

  • Healthcare financing and delivery system reform
  • Medicare and Medicaid payment policy
  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Digital health and telemedicine
  • Value-based care
  • Home health and post-acute care
  • Public health and prevention
  • Federal policy and programs related to chronic disease, cancer, behavioral health, and rural health
  • Federal budget and appropriations processes
  • Federal policy related to workforce training, apprenticeships, and internships
  • Federal policy pertaining to cell-cultured proteins, including seafood

Related Industries


Government Experience

  • Staff member, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)




  • M.P.P. Public Policy Georgetown University 1995
  • B.A. English University of California at Los Angeles 1991

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, Women in Government Relations
  • Member, Board of Visitors, English Department, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Member, Executive Board, Give an Hour
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Hematology Oncology News & Issues


  • The Hill, Top Lobbyists, 2015 – 2021



  • Room parent, The Lab School of Washington
  • Chair, Parent Steering Committee, DCJCC Preschool