Former White House Press Secretary
White House Press Secretary (2014-2017)
Political Analyst, NBC & MSNBC
Voice of West Wing Week, White House's Online Video Series
Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary (2011-2014)
A current political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, Josh Earnest draws on a decade of insider access working alongside President Barack Obama both on the campaign trail and in the White House to provide engaging, razor-sharp analysis on today's top issues.
Rising to international acclaim as President Obama's Press Secretary from 2014-2017, Earnest was selected in the midst of an increasingly caustic media environment to assume the most visible job in American politics. Earnest distinguished himself as Press Secretary – not with bluster – but with a keen ability to marshal facts and construct persuasive arguments that earned him the respect of Washington insiders in both parties.
Earnest stood before the White House press corps each day for the last two and a half years of Obama’s tenure prepared to discuss the most complex and consequential issues in the world. Whether reacting to a legislative setback, a diplomatic breakthrough or a terror attack, Earnest earned a reputation for uncommon poise under an intense spotlight where there is no margin for error. In fact, White House correspondents surveyed by Politico in 2015 voted Earnest the “best White House press secretary I’ve worked with.” Earnest brings the same shrewd analysis, signature wit, and engaging style he was known for as Press Secretary to the newsroom and audiences worldwide.
Chief Technology Officer, HHS Office of the Secretary
Bruce D. Greenstein is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As the CTO at HHS, Bruce provides leadership and direction to ensure that HHS effectively uses data, technology and innovation to improve the lives of the American people and the performance of the operating divisions across the Department. Greenstein joins HHS after serving as President - West, at Quartet.
In his last government role, Greenstein held a Cabinet post with Governor Bobby Jindal as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals. As the chief of Louisiana’s largest agency, Greenstein led over 11,000 employees and a budget of over $9 billion. With a talented executive team, Greenstein led many reforms of the state’s health care system, including implementing managed care for over one million enrollees, privatizing state health care facilities, increasing the state’s adoption of health information technology, and passionately leading the Birth Outcomes Initiative.
Prior to his position as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals in Louisiana, Greenstein was an executive at Microsoft where he led the company’s worldwide health and human service business vertical with teams across the globe. He developed and led the worldwide go-to-market strategy and execution, as well as the development, promotion and maintenance of relationships with government and health care elites (CEOs, Ministers, and Secretaries, of health care organizations) to drive Microsoft’s value to customers in health care. Before Microsoft, Greenstein held senior positions in the federal government at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as in Florida state government.
Stephen Hinkle is a self-advocate, an international speaker on autism and disability policy, and works as an online lecturer for Lesley University and previously worked as computer network administrator and technician.nOver the past 17 years, Stephen has travelled to 24 states plus Australia to speak about autism, disability policy, inclusion, transition, social skills, and more to parent groups, disability organizations, schools, universities, and many more organizations. He is a currently a board member of Autism Society San Diego and Disability Voices United. In his past, Stephen was told he had no future and today he is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University with a master’s degree in Special Education Disability Policy.
Director of Health Policy, ML Strategies
Katie provides advice and guidance on issues relating to Medicaid, Medicare, and dually eligible beneficiaries.
Prior to joining ML Strategies, Katie was a senior analyst with the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), a nonpartisan agency that provides Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and states with analysis and recommendations on issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). There Katie researched, developed, and prepared Medicaid policy recommendations; conducted legislative analyses, data analyses, and policy analyses related to a host of Medicaid and Medicare issues; and provided policy analyses and technical assistance for Congressional staff on draft bills and policy questions, among many other duties.
Earlier, working in the office of Senator Charles Grassley, Katie conducted policy analyses and researched policy options relating to the future of CHIP and efforts to improve targeting of funding from the 340b Drug Discount Program. She also conducted literature reviews and policy analyses on the effects of “family glitch” and potential policy solutions for eliminating it; facilitated meetings with constituents, industry groups, and patient advocates; and worked with Congressional staff across offices and committees to develop, edit, and finalize bills.
Attorney, Petrucelli, Martin and Haddow LLP
Bruce McGlauflin was born in Portland, Maine and currently resides in Bath, Maine. He is admitted to practice in Maine, the State of New Hampshire, the United States District Court for the District of Maine, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Mr. McGlauflin is a 1973 graduate of Bucknell University (B.S.), the University of Maine Graduate School in Community Development (M.P.S.), and the University of Maine School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude), where he was the recipient of the West's Award for Excellence in the study of Bankruptcy and the Independent Writing Project Award. In 1996-1997, he served as Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Daniel E. Wathen, Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Mr. McGlauflin is the author of The exception that threatens to swallow the statute: The statutory exception to Maine's Unfair Trade Practice Act. 21 Me. Bar Journal 3 (2006); Something confusing happened on the way to modernizing Maine’s Adverse Possession Law, 25 Me. Bar Journal 1 (2010), and the Power of One, the Discretionary Authority of a Code Enforcement Officer, 29 Me Bar Journal 3 (2014). He received the Vincent L. McKusick Award for his 2010 article and for his 2014 article. The award, which is referred to as "the Vincent" recognizes the Maine Bar Journal article that “best enhances the understanding of the law of this state.”
Mr. McGlauflin is a Fellow of the Maine Bar Foundation. He is a Past President of the Bath Area Family YMCA and past Treasurer and Board Member of the University of Maine Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors. He serves on the governing committee for the Mid Coast Senior Health Center; and as Chairman of the Maine Legislative Action Committee for the New England chapter of the Community Associations Institute.
Rodney L. Whitlock
Vice President, Health Policy, ML Strategies
Rodney is a veteran health care policy professional with more than 20 years of experience working with the US Congress, where he served as health policy advisor and as Acting Health Policy Director for Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and, earlier, on the staff of former US Representative Charlie Norwood of Georgia.
During his years with Representative Norwood, Rodney managed the Patients’ Bill of Rights, which passed the House in 1999 and 2001. In February 2005, Rodney left the office of Congressman Norwood to join the Finance Committee Staff as a health policy advisor to Chairman Grassley. In that capacity, he was lead Senate staffer for the Medicaid provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.
In 2007, Rodney worked on the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, which passed Congress twice and was subsequently vetoed twice by President George W. Bush. Rodney spent 2009 and 2010 deeply engaged in health care reform legislation. Late in 2010, he became the Acting Health Policy Director for Senator Grassley, and shepherded the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 into law. Following his tenure in Senator Grassley’s Congressional office, Rodney served as Health Policy Director in the Senator’s personal office.
President, Guida Consulting Services, Inc.
Al Guida spent seven years coordinating state and federal government affairs at the National Mental Health Association, and founded NMHA’s State Health Care Reform Department. In that capacity, he amassed considerable experience in the mental health policy arena. For example, Al played a role in passing mental health parity legislation in 1996, secured provisions in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) mandating the provision of mental health care for eligible youngsters, and assisted in increasing federal funding for the Children’s Mental Health Services Program.
Since starting GSC, Al has assisted the Eli Lilly and Company to battle proposals by the Veterans Administration to impose fail first policies on veterans struggling with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He also consulted with the Gallup Organization on a public education program financed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to fight the social stigma associated with mental illness; this project will be focused on state capitals in California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, Massachusetts and Wisconsin. Al is also helping Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) sponsor congressional staff briefings on the science of ADHD, primarily in response to continuous attack from anti-psychiatry organizations.
Finally, Al recently partnered with a public relations firm (GYMR) on a program to assist the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) in fighting state efforts to reduce Medicaid financed access to vital prescription medications and community-based services. Immediately prior to becoming an independent consultant, Al was Executive Director of the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, which ran public service advertising on the MTV Music Network, again addressing the stigma of mental disorders among young people.
Policy Director/Practice Leader, Foley Hoag
Connie Garner focuses her practice as Policy Director in the Government Strategies Practice Group, and Executive Director for Advance CLASS, Inc. Her areas of experience include health care, mental health and substance use disorders, disability, long term care, and education. Prior to rejoining Foley Hoag in 2012, she was the Executive Vice President for Policy at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP).
Kim Opsahl leads ANCOR’s ACL Business Acumen grant-related activities. She brings over 20 years’ experience working with state government and advocating on behalf of programs and services for Hoosiers with disabilities. Prior to working with ANCOR, she served as the President/CEO for the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF). In that role, she was responsible for developing and directing the Association’s resources in order to meet the needs of Indiana’s disability service provider industry, which serves over 20,000 individuals and employs over 26,000 Hoosiers throughout Indiana. During her nearly thirteen years with INARF – three as President/CEO - Kim graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. During that time, she also received her Health Law Certificate, served as the Indiana Health Law Review (IHLR), Vol. X’s Executive Business Editor, and had her law review note – Using Integrated Care to Meet the Challenge of the ADA’s Integration Mandate: Is Managed Long-Term Care the Key to Addressing Access to Services? – selected by IHLR for publication. She was admitted to practice in the State of Indiana in October 2014.
Senior Director of the Disability Network Business Acumen Center, NASUAD
Erica Anderson is the Senior Director of the Disability Network Business Acumen Center at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD). In that role, she manages the Business Acumen for Disability Organizations Resource Center. Prior to joining NASUAD, she worked at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) where she was responsible for project management and research related to quality measure development for LTSS and person-driven care, and was instrumental in the recent release of the accreditation standards for LTSS. Before joining NCQA, she spent seven years in managed care operations at a FIDE-SNP in Wisconsin which offered full acute, primary and long-term care services to frail elders and those with physical and/or intellectual or developmental disabilities. Erica received her master’s degree in Gerontology from Bethel University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.
Project Director for MCO Business Acumen, NASDDDS
Laura Vegas has more than 24 years of experience working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Laura serves as the Project Director for MCO Business Acumen for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS). Prior to joining NASDDDS, Laura was the Director of Employment and Community First CHOICES and Select Community for BlueCross/BlueShield of TN. Employment and Community First CHOICES is TN’s new Managed Long Term Services and Supports HCBS program for people with IDD that went live July 1, 2016. Laura also worked for the TN Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for more than 17 years, serving most recently as Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Innovation. While at DIDD, the NCI project launched under her leadership. She also lead the Department in receiving Person Centered Systems accreditation from CQL, the Supporting Families CoP and the Becoming a Person Centered Organization CoP. Laura began her career by working for a non-profit IDD provider organization in Tennessee.