The office of Federal Strategy works with policymakers in Washington, D.C., to advance the mission of Johns Hopkins, advocating for a strong research environment and increased funding and investment for the groundbreaking innovations that have made Johns Hopkins a world-renowned institution.

Cybele Bjorklund

Cybele Bjorklund

Vice President, Federal Strategy

Cybele Bjorklund is vice president for federal strategy for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this position, Bjorklund deploys her expertise and experience to ensure strategic and effective engagement with the federal government, think tanks and other federal policymakers across all areas of institutional interest. Her team is also responsible for federal lobbying and education activities, including integrating research findings into public policy, anticipating and responding to federal policy changes, addressing the most significant regulatory issues and identifying emerging opportunities to advance the interests and impact of Johns Hopkins.

Prior to this role, she served in senior policy leadership positions in the public and private sectors.  Most recently, she was vice president and head of global policy at Sanofi, and held appointments at Georgetown University as a Distinguished Visitor at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and a Senior Fellow at the McCourt School of Public Policy. 

From 1995-2015, Bjorklund spent 14 years as the Democratic staff director for the Subcommittee on Health and senior health advisor for the Committee on Ways & Means, four years as Senator Kennedy’s deputy staff director on the HELP Committee, and two years as a legislative advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle.  During her federal service, Bjorklund worked to improve Medicare, led in the creation of the Affordable Care Act, and developed many other laws affecting private health insurance, health IT, research and other programs. Before moving to Congress, she was an analyst at CMS. 

Bjorklund is a Fellow of the second class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  She is on the board of directors for the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Cybele received a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, with an emphasis on health policy and a concentration in law, ethics and policy, and a B.A. in journalism with an English minor from the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon.

Melisa Lindamood

Melisa Marin Lindamood

Director, Federal Affairs

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2007, Melisa worked in local government as the legislative director for the Baltimore City Health Department and before that, she led the Government Affairs and Communications department of the American Medical Women’s Association in Alexandria, VA. Melisa earned a master's degree in Policy Studies from The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of San Francisco.

Chris Austin

Chris Austin

Associate Director, Federal Affairs

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2017, Chris served as the Director of Congressional Relations at the Peace Corps. Before that, he worked on Capitol Hill for eight years, most recently as Chief of Staff to Congressman John Garamendi of California. Chris served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya from 2003-2005. He holds an MPA from American University and a BA from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Kristen Reek

Kristen Reek

Assistant Director, Federal Affairs

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Kristen worked for Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, handling judiciary and economic affairs, appropriations, federal nominations, and special projects. Before that, she was the Bill Analyst for the Maryland House of Delegates Judiciary Committee during the 2013 session. Kristen earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and French from Wake Forest University and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Kristen is a member of the bar in Maryland.

Maren Bohan

Maren Bohan

Executive Specialist, Federal Strategy

Maren joined the Department of Federal Strategy in July 2019 after working for The Johns Hopkins Hospital for nine years. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Maren worked for The Arc, Baltimore. As a Program Coordinator at the Arc, Maren provided case management support for people with disabilities in community settings to become full and active members of the communities where they live. Maren is currently pursuing a degree in Health Care Management from UMUC.

 
 

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