Management of time, projects and people        Public speaking     Accomplishing goals in fast - paced environment    Coalition building      Developing political strategy Grant writing

Work experience

Work experience
Sep 2010 - Feb 2012

Director of Policy Development

Maryland Insurance Administration
  • Testified before legislative committees
  • Created legislative proposals, position statements and amendments
  • Coordinated implementation of enacted legislation within agency and with other agencies
  • Drafted regulations and bulletins to explain health insurance laws
  • Collaboratde with industry and advocates to improve compliance
Apr 2007 - Jul 2010

Director of Public Policy

Mental Health Association of Maryland
  • Successfully lobbied state legislature, including 4 legislative committees, to pass law requiring the Department of Corrections to provide a 30-day supply of psychiatric medications to certain inmates upon release
  • Chaired and revitalized the Mental Health & Criminal Justice Partnership, growing the state-wide group to accomplish change
  • Presented MH/CJ Partnership accomplishments at national and state conferences
  • Developed grant proposals to initiate new programs
  • Represented 6 states on Mental Health America (national) Policy Council
  • Trained groups to advocate and lobby
  • Promoted legislative and public policy agenda on website through weekly updates
Jun 2005 - Apr 2007

Director of Beneficiary Services, Maryland Medicaid Program

Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Restructured two units to maximize efficiency
  • Hired and motivated 2 Deputy Directors and other senior staff
  • Proposed policy and budget strategies to Secretary
  • Explained Medicaid eligibility rules to attorneys, consumers and legislators
  • Represented the Department at legislative hearings, committee meetings, national conferences, task forces and continuing education classes
  • Prepared official responses to departmental, legislative and federal audits
  • Approved regulations, budgets and contracts 
Nov 2003 - May 2005

Assistant Attorney General

Maryland Insurance Administration
  • Provided legal advice to Insurance Commissioner regarding health insurance issues, contracts, and the Maryland Public Information Act
  • Advocated for consumers by representing the agency at administrative hearings
  • Negotiated settlement agreements with industry and drafted consent orders
  • Approved administrative orders for legal sufficiency
  • Composed motions and legal memoranda
  • Improved compliance with Public Information Act through staff training and oversight
  • Served as legal advisor to Hearing Officer
Dec 2000 - Nov 2003

Staff Attorney to Commissioner Steven B. Larsen

Maryland Insurance Administration
  • Primary aide to Commissioner Larsen during review of CareFirst, Inc. (BlueCross BlueShield) proposal to convert to for-profit status and merge with WellPoint, Inc.
  • Attended and prepared for depositions, legislative hearings and quasi-legislative hearings
  • Managed performance of 6 outside consultant firms
  • Organized collection, review and indexing of more than 86,000 pages of documents
  • Contributed to Commissioner's 2002 Report rejecting proposal
  • Designated as the Administration's liaison to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners


1997 - Present


University of Baltimore


Loyola University in Maryland

completed all coursework (27 credits) for M.S. degree



Loyola University in Maryland