After serving up policy advice to Congress and the White House for more than three years, Alexandra Campau is returning to the firm where she started her young career.
Campau was special assistant to the president for health policy on the White House Domestic Policy Council until last month. On Monday she joined Cozen O’Connor’s lobbying arm, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, as a principal and director of health policy, based in Washington, D.C.
The move marks Campau’s first complete spin through the revolving door between government and the legal and lobbying industries. She was a health care associate at Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies from 2012 to January 2015 before heading to the Hill as a staffer on the House Budget Committee and later the Senate Republican Policy Committee. She was named to the White House Domestic Policy Council in January 2017 and served until July 9.
Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies has been on a hiring spree nationwide, with additions in Richmond, Virginia, Chicago, and New York last month. In Washington, Campau will work alongside former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, who joined the firm in May. Cozen O’Connor’s lobbying group counts near 30 employees, and the firm’s leadership has previously indicated that government procurement and transportation are areas of interest for future growth.
Campau said other firms reached out to her, but she “knew in my heart that this is where I wanted to be.”
At the White House, she focused on a broad portfolio that included Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Affordable Care Act, and other health care and health insurance options such as health savings accounts and association health plans.
Having worked in both chambers of Congress and the White House, she said she thinks she is better situated to help clients understand and navigate complex regulatory issues surrounding health care policy.
Campau said news coverage of the Trump administration rarely reflected the issues she was working on, and that she was leaving inspired by her time there.
“I feel more hopeful about getting things done,” she said.
Others have left the White House Domestic Policy Council in recent months too. Zina Bash left the council for Texas, before returning to Washington to work on the confirmation effort of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.