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Kathleen Harrington

Chair, Division of Policy and Government Relations, Mayo Clinic

Kathleen Harrington is chair of the Division of Policy and Government Relations at Mayo Clinic. In this role, she oversees a team that develops health policy recommendations and advocates for Mayo Clinic and its patients at the federal and state levels.

Prior to her position in the Division of Government Relations, Kathleen spent 30 years in Washington, D.C., working on health policy and workforce issues in a variety of positions. She served as chief of staff for Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson, Vice President of Federal Government Relations at Aetna, Assistant Secretary for both Congressional Relations and External Relations under Secretaries of Labor Elizabeth Dole and Elaine Chao respectively.  Her last assignment in Washington was as Director of the Office of External Affairs for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, during which she developed and implemented the education and enrollment campaign for Medicare Part D, the new prescription drug benefit.

Professional highlights include:

  • Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology from Colgate University
  • Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Catholic University of America