"Michael and Tricia brought hope and needed attention to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries and paralysis," said John Rogers, president of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Government Affairs. "Their passion for patient advocacy significantly strengthens our ability to represent organizations and institutions with a stake in biotechnology and medical research in the public arena."
Manganiello and Brooks join a public affairs staff with a proven public health track record in Washington and across the country, including efforts to enhance stem cell and biotechnology research and advance funding for research from the nation's leading institutions.
"I was afforded a great opportunity to work with Chris and Dana Reeve," said Manganiello. "Both Chris and Dana brought tremendous energy, passion and ability to unify seemingly disparate groups in their advocacy efforts. In this new role, I intend to bring that same spirit, energy and knowledge to help even more groups in need of a voice in the public domain."
Manganiello served as senior vice president of government relations at the Christopher Reeve Foundation, where he was responsible for securing funding and spearheading legislative initiatives. He played an instrumental role in helping form the foundation. Beyond the foundation, he currently serves as an adviser to the director for the National Institutes of Health and founding board member and past president of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research.
Brooks served as the director of government relations for the Christopher Reeve Foundation as a public affairs strategist, and designed and implemented activities for the Christopher Reeve Action Network--an online, grassroots advocacy network. She has a successful service history in regulatory consulting for pharmaceutical development and government affairs. Brooks was recently appointed Chair of the Legislative Committee for CAMR.
"Chris and Dana did more than inspire people, they motivated individuals to action," added Brooks. "I plan to couple their legacy with my enthusiasm and determination to advance patient advocacy."
"We expect great things across the board with the strength of this team," Rogers concluded. "From patient advocacy to biotech to technology concerns, this team provides superior expertise and public policy guidance not found anywhere else."
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Government Affairs LLC (WHDGA) is a full-service public affairs firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Madison, WI and Milwaukee, WI. Visit www.WHDGA.com or call (202) 551-0777.