Erica Froyd leads Lewis-Burke’s biomedical research activities, advising clients in the areas of federal research policy and health care with a particular focus on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and agencies that determine the policies that govern grantmaking, including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With over 20 years of involvement in health-related research advocacy, Erica is uniquely able to tap into her work with researchers and research organizations to develop strategies and approaches that aim to enhance clients’ biomedical research portfolios and protect them from federal proposals that would undermine efforts to advance valuable life sciences research.
Erica has an in-depth and practiced understanding of how to work with Congress, the Executive Branch, scientific and health organizations and other stakeholder partners to achieve results. Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, she served as the Director of Government and Public Affairs at the Society for Neuroscience, where she coordinated strategies to secure increased federal funding for biomedical research and collaborated with partners to address key research policy issues. Erica developed her expertise in research and health advocacy at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) where she directed a coalition of more than 80 organizations and focused on issues of critical importance to the AAMC including NIH, bioterrorism, public health, and diversity in the health professions.
Issue Expertise: Appropriations, biomedical research (NIH), research policy and regulations (NIH, OMB, HHS).
Additional Experience: Currently, Erica serves on the Executive Committee of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, which is the longest standing NIH advocacy coalition. She has also served as lead of the biomedical research task force for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA).
Vital Statistics: Erica earned her B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on health policy from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Erica enjoys all forms of dance and volunteered as a dance instructor at a Washington, DC children’s arts center. With two young sons, she also tries to enjoy all forms of sports, but prefers watching basketball and hockey.