Marsha Simon, Ph.D.
Dr. Simon is an expert in legislative strategy, nonprofit management, and public policy research, with over 20 years of experience, including nearly a decade working for the United States Senate. She served as senior committee staff to Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Tom Harkin, and Robert C. Byrd, advising them on public health and welfare policy, as well as on the budget and appropriations processes. These staff positions included minority staff director for the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies for Senator Tom Harkin; and chief policy advisor for Budget and Health Policy for the Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor, and Pensions for Senator Edward Kennedy. Senator Harkin is now chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee that is responsible for public health measures, including biomedical research and food and drug law.
In addition to her experience working for the U.S. Senate, Dr. Simon has managed government relations for diverse health, income security, and welfare stakeholders, including for the Jefferson Consulting Group, a lobbying and federal business development firm; the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and public interest groups, including Families USA, the Food Research and Action Center, the Housing Assistance Council and Rural America (now the Community Transportation Association of America).
Dr. Simon served on Barack Obama's health advisory committee during his presidential campaign. She also served as a policy advisor on Governor Howard Dean's campaign and drafted his long-term care platform. She was also a member of the Clinton Administration's National Task force on Health Care Reform.
Dr. Simon earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to her work at Simon&Co., Dr. Simon is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University.
As director of government relations, Karen Late advocates on behalf of clients before Congress and the Administration, and she conducts research and analysis on a variety of health policy issues. With a strong track record of impacting policy and legislation to benefit clients' needs, she has broad knowledge of healthcare issues and comprehension of the legislative and regulatory process. With 17 years in legislative advocacy experience, Ms. Late is familiar with legislation and regulation impacting Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP, as well as with physicians, medical equipment, managed care, pharmaceuticals, dialysis, nursing, immigration, and disaster preparedness.
Previously, Ms. Late was the director of federal advocacy for the Florida Hospital Association, where she developed and implemented legislative and political strategies to achieve the association's federal regulatory and legislative goals. Before working for FHA, Ms. Late served as senior associate at Congressional Consultants, a government relations firm with expertise in dialysis reimbursement and related pharmaceuticals. In addition, she worked for the American Hospital Association on the legislative and legal advocacy team.
Ms. Late earned her MHS in health policy management from Johns Hopkins University, her Legislative Specialist Certificate from George Washington University, and her BA from the University of Florida.
Government Affairs Manager
As government affairs manager for Simon&Co., Michael conducts legislative and regulatory analysis, in addition to managing the company's advocacy activities. Prior to joining Simon&Co., he served as a government relations assistant at ML Strategies, providing legislative and administrative support to the firm's senior staff and health care clients. Prior to working with ML Strategies, he served as government affairs coordinator for First Solar, where he helped to launch the company's PAC. He has also interned on the Hill with Congressman David Cicilline and Congressman Jim McGovern. He received his B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University.
As lead research consultant for Simon&Co., Kathleen Llewellyn-Butts conducts legislative and regulatory analysis. Prior to joining Simon&Co., she served as a non-partisan staff assistant with the Senate Budget Committee. Working with both Democrats and Republicans, Ms. Llewellyn-Butts provided administrative support to staff and coordinated the logistics of committee hearings and various events. She also interned in the office of Senator Patty Murray and routinely drafted responses to constituent mail, primarily those relating to healthcare issues. She worked on topics ranging from the modification of regulations regarding Flexible Spending Accounts under the Affordable Care Act to the implementation of public programs designed to encourage young healthcare professionals to treat under-serviced populations. She received her B.A. in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies from the Evergreen State College. In her spare time, she plays catcher for two Senate softball teams.
As a research consultant for Simon&Co., Jamison Scott conducts many of the company's research projects and initiatives. Before joining Simon&Co., Mr. Scott worked as a staff assistant in Congressman Brad Sherman's Washington Office. His responsibilities included performing administrative duties, conducting legislative research, and meeting with different interest groups and constituents. Preceding his work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Scott interned at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, where he lobbied on Medicare reimbursement issues. Mr. Scott earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia.