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.
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)