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 staffer 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 was the 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 The 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.
Marc B. Johnson, M.P.P.
Government Affairs Manager
As government affairs manager for Simon&Co., Marc establishes best practices for the firm’s administrative operations, tracks federal and state legislation and regulations, and assists in client relations. Marc came to Simon&Co. with significant administrative and congressional experience. He worked as a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, directly supporting the Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to working for Booz Allen Hamilton, he served as Director of Administrative Services at Shiloh Baptist Church located in McLean, Virginia.
The bulk of his experience has been with the U.S. House of Representatives, working in the personal offices of U.S. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC At-Large) and former Michigan Congresswoman Carolyn C. Kilpatrick. His congressional experience also includes stints with the Office of the Clerk, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and an internship in the personal office of former New York Congressman Steve Israel. A native Virginian, Marc also interned in the Virginia State Senate and served as a student assistant to former Virginia Governor L. Douglas “Doug” Wilder in his capacity as Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters of Arts in Public Policy from New England College.
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.