Lauren M. Maddox

Senior Policy Advisor
Lauren M. Maddox


Lauren M. Maddox is a senior policy advisor in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Ms. Maddox provides legislative, regulatory and public relations counsel for a broad range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, foundations, major universities and nonprofits. She helps craft and implement legislative strategies as well as develops and executes crisis communication and advocacy campaigns.

Ms. Maddox has nearly 30 years of experience working in D.C., representing clients before members in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, including leadership, and in the administration at the White House and key federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Maddox was a principal for a Washington, D.C., government relations and public affairs firm, where she directed its Education Sector Group. Ms. Maddox has extensive experience on Capitol Hill having previously served in senior roles for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), former House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts Jr. (R-Okla.), former Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) and the Department of Education. She also served on a presidential transition team.

At the Education Department, Ms. Maddox was assistant secretary for communications and outreach. As a member of the department's senior executive team, she led the strategic development and execution of all internal and external communications for the department and for former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Her work included targeting outreach efforts to outside advocates, stakeholders, state and local elected officials, national and regional media, and the general public.

In addition to her work on Capitol Hill and in the administration, Ms. Maddox was a senior communications strategist for two national healthcare trade associations, the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) in Washington, D.C.

She also founded a Public Policy Scholarship Fund for women at her alma mater, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.


  • Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, M.S., Broadcast Journalism
  • Creighton University, B.A., Psychology, Minor in Journalism
  • Institute for Citizens & Scholars, Board Trustee, 2012-Present
  • The American Action Forum, Chairman, Leadership Team, 2010-Present


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