Government and Community Affairs is led by Tom Lewis as the office works to build and strengthen Johns Hopkins‘ relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, policymakers, business and community leaders, and neighborhood residents, whose interest and support are vital to the mission of Johns Hopkins.
Tom Lewis leads a team that covers Baltimore City and communities across Maryland and Washington, DC, and coordinates with the Vice President of Federal Strategy for Johns Hopkins and the Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at All Children's Hospital in Florida.
Montgomery County Government and Community Affairs (Montgomery County, MD) | Sibley Memorial Hospital Community Affairs (Washington, DC) | All Children's Hospital Government and Community Affairs (St. Petersburg, FL)
Vice President of Government and Community Affairs
Tom is the Vice President of Government and Community Affairs. Prior to becoming VP, Lewis was Director of State Affairs, a position he held for five years after serving for over 17 years in Maryland state government. Lewis spent 11 years as the Chief of Staff to two successive Speakers of the House of Delegates of Maryland and worked on such legislative issues as economic development and environmental packages, Medicaid reform, the Thornton K-12 education reform, the establishment of a state historic tax credit program, and several health care and health insurance reform initiatives. After an initial four year stint with the Maryland legislature as counsel to the House Environmental Matters Committee working on such issues as the landmark legislation creating the Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas law and a variety of health regulatory issues, Lewis left the legislative staff in 1987 to serve two years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa. After returning to the U.S., Lewis completed a Masters degree in International Management, later returning to Maryland to serve as counsel to the House Economic Matters Committee, with a focus on health insurance and economic development. He served in that capacity until transferring to the Speaker’s Office in 1994. Lewis is a 1978 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.S. in Zoology, he earned a J.D. degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 1982 and a Masters degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management in 1991. He is a member of the bar (inactive) in Maryland and D.C.
Executive Specialist to the Vice President
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2009, Pam worked as an Executive Assistant for over 15 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from St. Leo University. Pam also received an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management from Community College of Allegheny County.
Leslie Ford Weber
Director of Government and Community Affairs, Johns Hopkins in Montgomery County, and Federal Strategy
For the past 20 years, Leslie has lived and worked in Montgomery County and as a result, has established personal and professional relationships with local government and community organizations. Leslie represents both the university and the health system in their interactions with Montgomery Country elected officials, the business community and other external organizations. She is also part of the Johns Hopkins Federal Strategy team. Before joining Government & Community Affairs at Hopkins, Leslie held a dual role as Executive Vice President of the Suburban Hospital Foundation and Senior Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Suburban Hospital. She is active with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; Montgomery Women; a past chair of the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce; and a 2007 Leadership Montgomery core program graduate.
Director of Community Affairs, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Marissa joined Sibley Memorial Hospital in May 2015. She is an attorney and began her career in government. Prior to joining Sibley, Ms. McKeever most recently served as a senior legislative assistant where she advanced and monitored legislation, engaged in policy research and analysis, and managed key stakeholder and constituent concerns. She also practiced health law, advising a variety of clients on federal and state regulatory compliance matters. Ms. McKeever is currently the Director of Government and Community Affairs for Sibley Memorial Hospital. She is responsible for representing Sibley’s local legislative and regulatory interests and managing the development of business and community partnerships with Sibley and the Johns Hopkins Health System. Ms. McKeever earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations from Messiah College. She is a member of the bar in Maryland and DC. Visit the Sibley Memorial Hospital Community Health Page to learn about their community programs.
Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, All Children's Hospital
Kimberly joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital as vice president, government and community affairs, in February 2017. Berfield leads mission-based community initiatives at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She also serves as an advocate for child health issues in Tallahassee on both the legislative and regulatory fronts. Berfield served as Deputy of Secretary of the Florida Department of Health from 2007 to 2012, having previously been a member of Florida House of Representatives for four terms. Following her work for the state of Florida, she served on senior management teams at Wellcare Health Plans and Primerica. Visit the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital website to learn more about their community programs.