Nicholas P. Manetto

Principal - Faegre Drinker Consulting


Nick Manetto designs, directs and implements successful health care policy advocacy campaigns. He represents a wide variety of clients, with an emphasis on patient advocacy organizations and children’s hospitals. He has particular experience advocating on issues related to medical research and public health, children’s health, rare disease, patient-focused drug development, and coverage and payment policy.

In more than 15 years in health policy, government affairs and strategic communications, Nick has led efforts that have resulted in legislative, executive branch and regulatory wins for clients. His work has helped enact multiple pieces of legislation into law, and regularly he maintains strong relationships with key congressional health-focused committees. Nick has successfully represented client interests on nearly every significant piece of health care legislation over the past decade, including the 21st Century Cures Act, prescription drug user fee bills, numerous Medicare packages, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and a number of annual appropriations bills, particularly the Labor, HHS and Education spending bill.

In addition to representing clients before Congress, Nick engages with federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others. He also has formed and directed a number of coalitions uniting diverse stakeholders around a common policy goal.

Strategic Communications Campaigns

Nick leverages his experience as a congressional press secretary, campaign manager and journalist to develop compelling messages and materials and help clients secure earned media coverage of their issue to help advance their overarching policy goals. He also helps navigate crisis situations by advising on communications strategies and tactics.

Past Experience

Nick previously served as a legislative assistant and press secretary to a senior member of Congress and managed two successful re--election campaigns. Before coming to D.C., Nick was a staff reporter for The Times newspaper in Trenton, New Jersey, where he covered various beats, including politics and elections, courts, county and local government, and education.

Hill Experience

  • Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ)

Personal Interests

Nick and his wife Carrie are the parents of five children — 3 boys and 2 girls — ages 1 to 11. Nick enjoys participating in many activities with his children, including Cub Scouts, helping coach sports and volunteering in their schools. In addition to time with this family, his other hobbies include reading, especially works on history, faith and fiction; running; hiking; kayaking; visiting historical sites and time outdoors, especially at the beach or mountains.

Nick is a consulting professional within Faegre Drinker Consulting, and does not act as a lawyer for clients. Learn more about the Faegre Drinker Consulting practice

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Congressional Committees: What They Are, Why They Are Important and What You Need to Know
    Rare Disease Week, Rare Disease Legislative Advocates, February 2016
  • Communications Preparedness for Times of Crisis
    Chapter co-author, Bringing Your Pharmaceutical Drug to Market, FDLI, May 2015
  • Overview of the 114th Congress: Congressional Committees that Shape the Future of Health
    Rare Disease Week, Rare Disease Legislative Advocates, February 2015
  • Financial Incentives to Support Unmet Medical Needs for Nervous System Disorders
    Panelist, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., January 2015
  • Health Care Reform & How It Impacts Your Customers
    Health Care Symposium, Gordon Food Service, Indianapolis, November 2014
  • Value-Based Purchasing: What It Means for Your Customers
    Three Breakout Sessions, Health Care Symposium, Gordon Food Service, Indianapolis, November 2014

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Herndon, VA — Lector
  • Cub Scout Pack 913 – Den Leader
  • The College of New Jersey, School of Culture & Society — Alumni Advisory Council
  • Archdiocese of Washington — Strategic Communications Advisory Committee for Papal Visit to Washington, D.C., 2008
  • Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington — GED Teacher
  • Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington — Volunteer Strategic Communications Advisor

Firm Leadership

Nick is the co-leader of Faegre Drinker's Washington, D.C. team.
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