Erin Cadwalader, Ph.D.

Dr. Erin Cadwalader is a trusted and respected member of the advocacy community and brings over 15 years of academic research and science policy experience to Lewis-Burke.  Her background in biomedical research and work representing several non-profit advocacy groups help inform her passions across a broad range of subject matter.  Her portfolio includes issues pertaining to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF), engaging on topics ranging from bioengineering to health disparities to biological collections.  Erin works with institutions and organizations to understand their federal objectives and subsequently create and execute strategies to achieve short-term congressional and federal wins while solidifying the foundation for long-term success.  Erin leverages her professional knowledge, depth of experience, and extensive network to provide timely insight on congressional and Administration actions and motivations as well as tactical responses, strategically positioning clients for new and emerging opportunities, and protecting programmatic priorities. 

Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Erin gained government relations, public policy, and communications experience working as a Public Policy fellow at the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), Science Policy Fellow at Research!America, and in healthcare policy with the Utah Health Policy Project.  She first caught the science policy bug when Dolly the sheep was cloned and has been working to constructively align the worlds of research and politics ever since. 

Issue Expertise: Biomedical research, bioengineering, life sciences, social science, innovation, social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Additional Experience: In addition to representing her clients in a range of coalitions including the Federation of Associations of Schools of Health Professions and the AFRI Coalition, she has experience working as a freelance writer and also served as an advisory board member on the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP).

Vital Statistics: Erin earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Anatomy from the University of Utah. She has experimented with everything from stem cells to zebrafish.  When not cheering for her UW Badgers and talking about college football, she loves reading, discussing books, and soliciting recommendations on what to add to her to-read list.