Laura MacCleery, as Chief of Regulatory Affairs, is a seasoned legislative and regulatory campaigner for improvements to public health. She is the author or editor of more than 75 comments to regulatory dockets and over 25 major research-based reports, and has testified in administrative hearings, the U.S. Congress, and Brussels.
Ms. MacCleery spent close to a decade with the consumer-rights advocacy group Public Citizen where she was Deputy Director of the Auto Safety Group and Director of Congress Watch, leading eleven staff on issues from sunshine in government to safety standards for children's toys.
While a Deputy Director in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, Ms. MacCleery taught a course on public interest legal advocacy, published a law review article on campaign finance reform, and was active in state and federal litigation, including the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case.
Ms. MacCleery also worked on issues related to public health while serving as Director of Government Relations at the Center for Reproductive Rights and, most recently, as Legislative Director at National Nurses United.
She has been on national and local television and radio dozens of times, has published more than 10 opinion editorials in major papers and on-line venues, and been quoted in most major newspapers and many regional papers.
Ms. MacCleery was a 2009 Fellow for Eyebeam's College of Tactical Culture and has produced seven videos for the Web on women's health, as well as a blog, and remains intensely interested in online activism and culture.
She's fond of debating opponents in public, having been a state champion debater in her youth. MacCleery graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 1994 and earned her law degree from Stanford in 1999.