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- Strategic Communications
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- B.A., Political Science and Sociology, Lake Forest University
- M.P.P., John F. Kennedy, School of Government, Harvard University
- Public Sector & Government Contracts
- Healthcare & Life Sciences
Charlene MacDonald is a Managing Director focused on the Healthcare & Life Sciences sector. She advises clients on legislative and regulatory matters and translates complex policy issues into compelling public affairs campaigns. Ms. MacDonald has expertise in health care policy, issue advocacy and coalition building.
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. She 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, including the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and was named an “Emerging Health Care Leader” by Politico in 2011. Her government experience also 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 an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Lake Forest College.