Lauren M. Maddox

Senior Policy Advisor
Lauren 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 strategic communication counsel for a broad range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, foundations, major universities and nonprofits.

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.) and former Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.).

Confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ms. Maddox served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach at the Education Department. As a member of the 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.

Prior to her work on Capitol Hill and in the George W. Bush Administration, Ms. Maddox was a senior communications strategist for two national healthcare trade associations.

Ms. Maddox also founded a Public Policy Scholarship Fund for young women at her alma mater, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


  • Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, M.S., Broadcast Journalism
  • Creighton University, B.A., Psychology, Minor in Journalism
  • Institute for Citizens & Scholars, Board Trustee, 2012-2023
  • The American Action Forum, Chairman, Board of Directors, 2021-Present; Board Member, 2010-Present


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