Charlene MacDonald is a Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment, focused on the Healthcare & Life Sciences sector. Ms. MacDonald has expertise in health policy, government relations, issue advocacy and coalition building. Ms. MacDonald has over 14 years’ experience in public policy and advocacy at the state and federal level.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. MacDonald spent nearly eight years on Capitol Hill, serving key Democratic leaders in Congress. As Senior Policy Advisor to House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), she played a key role in the development and execution of Congressional Democrats’ strategy related to health policy, including health reform, entitlement programs and public health issues. Named an “Emerging Health Care Leader” by Politico in 2011, Ms. MacDonald maintains relationships with key health reporters at Politico, Inside Health Policy, Stat News, the LA Times and other leading news outlets.
Ms. MacDonald also served as Senior Policy Advisor for Medicare & Social Security at the Senate Budget Committee, formerly chaired by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and as Deputy Chief of Staff to Representative Allyson Schwartz (D-PA). During her time on Capitol Hill, Ms. MacDonald was instrumental in the drafting, negotiation and enactment of numerous bipartisan health bills ranging from the 21st Century Cures Act to the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
Ms. MacDonald’s government experience includes the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she served as a research analyst for the Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses. In the private sector, Ms. MacDonald has held positions with several prominent health care trade associations including the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association and American Clinical Laboratory Association. Ms. MacDonald holds a M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Lake Forest College.
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