The Podesta Group has brought on healthcare strategist Ariel Gonzalez as a principal. He will lead the firm’s healthcare lobbying practice, which represents clients such as the American Health Care Association, General Nutrition Corporation and Novartis.
Gonzalez comes to Podesta from the American Psychiatric Association, where he was chief of government relations, serving as a key spokesperson for the organization before national, state and local media. He previously directed federal health and family advocacy at AARP, where he was the chief expert on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, physician reimbursement and other critical issues.
His past experience includes developing and leading federal and state coalitions to advocate on behalf of clients. In addition, he has served as a pro bono attorney for victims of domestic violence and legal counsel for the elderly.