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.

 

 

Melisa Lindamood

Melisa Marin Lindamood

Interim Vice President, Federal Strategy

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 Strategy

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

Associate Director, Federal Strategy

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 Office 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.

Hanna Vohra

Hanna Vohra

Presidential Fellow, Federal Strategy

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Hanna recently graduated from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law with a concentration in Health Care Law and Policy and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master’s in Public Health. During her J.D./MPH program, Hanna served as a Student Attorney in the Gender-Violence Clinic, a Legal Intern at the National Health Law Program and a Summer Associate at a healthcare law firm. Hanna earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech.

 
 

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