Laura Hanen is dedicated to developing and implementing bipartisan government relations and advocacy strategies that advance client objectives, primarily on issues of public health and healthcare. Having led government relations strategy for prominent national organizations tackling complex public health challenges, Laura knows how to promote policy goals and influence government officials. She also understands that credibility is currency when working on public policy issues, and she helps establish lasting relationships between clients and policymakers based on their mutual desire to advance solutions.
Throughout her career, Laura has cultivated relationships with members of Congress, congressional staff, and officials at government agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the White House.
Laura amplifies client messages through public affairs, communications, and marketing strategies and services. Acting as a national spokesperson, she has been quoted by a variety of media outlets, including the New York Times, Reuters, The Huffington Post, Politico, The Hill, and Marketplace on NPR.
Prior to joining Venable, Laura served as chief of government affairs for the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, DC, where she led policy development and federal lobbying for the 2,800 city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal health departments that were NACCHO members. At NACCHO, Laura distinguished herself as a savvy coalition manager, lobbyist, and authority on policy issues essential to population and public health services throughout the country. Laura also previously served as the director of government relations for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors and as a senior lobbyist for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She also spent two years helping clients handle public health matters as senior vice president, district policy group, at a full-service international law firm.