Laura A. Uttley leverages her experiences on Capitol Hill, with federal agencies and in academia to craft and execute impactful government relations strategies for Lewis-Burke clients. A conduit for translating science and research priorities for congressional and federal audiences, Ms. Uttley actively tailors clients’ messaging to influence policy development and implementation. With issue expertise in biodefense, biomedical and health-related research, global health security and the social and behavioral sciences, she flexibly contributes to various client initiatives.
Previously, Ms. Uttley gained insight into congressional processes and politics through her service as a staff assistant for U.S. Representative James Langevin of Rhode Island. Her work involved a wide-range of issues, including defense, cybersecurity, healthcare and education. The broad scope of issue experience, complemented by her understanding of policy development and the legislative process, afforded Ms. Uttley the ability to translate complex legislation and the Congressman’s policy positions to a diverse constituency.
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, she served as the Assistant Director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, an opportunity that enhanced her strategic thinking skills and understanding of advocacy campaigns and direct lobbying tactics. These experiences enriched Ms. Uttley’s understanding of executive and legislative branch policy processes earned through appointments in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs and the office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island.
Ms. Uttley mentors undergraduate and graduate students through American University’s Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, sharing her experiences and expertise to further students’ theoretical and practical understanding of lobbying and public policy. She is a co-founder and member of the State Society of Rhode Island and a member of the Future Fund, a philanthropy that awards grants to assist northern Virginia’s nonprofits dedicated to addressing critical needs of the region.
Ms. Uttley earned her masters of public administration and bachelor of arts in political science degrees with honors from American University in Washington, DC. She is a member of the National Honor Society of Public Affairs and Administration, Pi Alpha Alpha.