Michael Manganiello, PARTNER
A born advocate, Michael Manganiello believes in the power of the patient to impact major changes in health policy – a power that is amplified when groups unite around a common agenda. Michael founded HCM Strategists with Kristin Conklin and Terrell Halaska as a firm that not only can access major stakeholders in the health care community but can bring them together and find common ground to advance positive change. Michael is driven by this philosophy in his management of the firm’s health policy practice, where he leads the firm’s work for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the NIH All of Us Research Program, Aemerge Redpak, and the New York Stem Cell Foundation.
Michael traveled a deeply personal path to a career in health policy. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova University and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University, Michael remained in New York City and became involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy during a time of tremendous fear and uncertainty surrounding the disease. During that time he developed a lasting friendship with Dana Morosini, later Dana Reeve, the wife of Christopher Reeve.
After Christopher Reeve’s equestrian accident that left him paralyzed, the Reeves put Michael’s dedication and passion for patient advocacy to work. They tapped him as senior vice president of government relations for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, where he played an integral role in establishing the foundation as a leading force for advancing medical research and improving quality of life for the mobility impaired. Among his successes, Michael authored and secured introduction of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act – which became law in 2009 – and raised $50 million for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center.
Michael brings to HCM an impressive track record of building effective coalitions within the health care community. As chair of the Paralysis Task Force, Michael collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hope Network to connect more than 50,000 advocates across the country. Michael was also a founding member, president emeritus and board member of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR). In this role, he and CAMR were instrumental in joining more than 100 diverse organizations in support of groundbreaking medical research. Their efforts resulted in Congress’ passage of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which laid the foundation for President Barack Obama’s 2009 executive order opening embryonic stem cell research to federal funding. Michael was honored to be invited to the White House to witness this pivotal moment in stem cell research.
In 2015 Michael was a driving force in founding the Partners for Better Care coalition, a collective of 10 leading patient advocacy organizations dedicated to tackling the inequities faced by middle- and lower-class Americans trying to access healthcare. Michael continues to provide critical strategic guidance and support to the coalition’s efforts to influence public policy aimed at making health care more cost-efficient, transparent and fair.
Michael has served on several boards and advisory panels, and in 2016 was thrilled to join The Grassroot Project’s Board of Directors, a DC-based nonprofit that uses sports to educate at-risk youth in the community about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Previously he proudly served for many years as a board member of Whitman Walker Health, an exemplar of innovative healthcare access and the largest provider of HIV/AIDS health services in Washington, D.C. He has also served as advisor for the National Institutes of Health Director’s Council of Public Representatives, the National Association for Biomedical Research, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the National Symposium on Health Care Reform.
Michael lives in Washington, D.C. in the vibrant Logan Circle neighborhood & Bear Creek, PA.