Ilisa partners with for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations to develop strategies to advance their federal legislative, regulatory, programmatic, policy and business goals. She works with clients to establish and strengthen relationships with elected officials and federal agencies, develop and implement government relations and advocacy programs, and craft effective grassroots campaigns. To help advance clients’ goals, Ilisa also establishes coalitions, creates third-party stakeholder partnerships and engages in direct lobbying to affect the outcomes of appropriations measures, authorizing legislation, and federal regulatory actions. Clients value Ilisa’s strategic insight, creative ideas and ability to anticipate federal policy challenges and opportunities. Ilisa also helps to plan and facilitate policy meetings, including serving as the moderator or a speaker for conferences, roundtables and panel discussions.
Federal Government Advocacy
Ilisa draws on a 25-year record of success in leading clients through government relations strategic planning processes and in designing advocacy programs that meet internal organizational goals and advance and elevate policy issues on the national agenda. Clients rely on Ilisa’s encyclopedic knowledge of issues, including:
- Health care financing and delivery system reform
- Medicare and Medicaid payment policy
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA)
- Digital health and telemedicine
- Value-based care
- Home health and post-acute care
- Public health and prevention
- Federal policy and programs related to chronic disease, cancer, behavioral health and rural health
- Federal budget and appropriations processes
Ilisa is particularly skilled in creating innovative messaging, tactics and materials in support of client policy goals; bringing traditional and nontraditional partners to the table in support of common goals; fostering relationships with members of Congress and their staff; and collaborating with administration and federal agency staff.
Government and Nonprofit Experience
Prior to her work as a government relations consultant, Ilisa served as director of federal government relations for the American Cancer Society and worked as director of federal affairs with the American Public Health Association (APHA). Ilisa began her Washington, D.C., career working on the policy staff of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) following research assistant positions with Adeza Biomedical and the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program.
When not engaged in influencing the outcome of federal policy, Ilisa enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband, Scott, and their twin sons, especially hiking with their dog, Coco, taking in the boys’ various sporting activities, and cheering on UCLA and Penn State in both football and basketball. For the past several years, Ilisa has been learning to play the drums and has been practicing yoga.