Former Chandler Chicco DC MD Jackson joins O'Neill

WASHINGTON: Al Jackson, former MD of Chandler Chicco Companies' Washington DC office, has joined O'Neill and Associates as SVP and head of the healthcare practice.

WASHINGTON: Al Jackson, former MD of Chandler Chicco Companies' Washington DC office, has joined O'Neill and Associates as SVP and head of the healthcare practice.

The firm hired Jackson for his experience in public affairs and healthcare, CEO Thomas O'Neill said in a statement. Jackson joined the firm at the end of last month. He is reporting directly to O'Neill.

The new post allows him to more actively integrate public affairs and government relations into his healthcare work, Jackson said.

“You can be a bit hamstrung when you're not willing to do the work on Capitol Hill. I think this is a neat opportunity to put all the pieces together for clients,” he said.

At Chandler Chicco, much of the outreach to Congress was performed by lobbying shop Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, he said. More actively reaching out to lawmakers has become more important because they are increasingly driving what's happening in the industry.

Jackson said he is excited about being able to work with a wider range of clients, like foundations and industry associations, many of which could not afford Chandler Chicco's hourly rates. O'Neill works on a retainer basis, he said.

Jackson departed Chandler Chicco in January after he and CEO Bob Chandler mutually agreed it was time for him to leave the agency, he said. He joined the firm in 2009.

In addition to Chandler Chicco, Jackson has worked as a partner at Ketchum Public Affairs. He has also served as VP of political affairs and grassroots advocacy at the American Hospital Association and as director of the political action division at the American Medical Association.

Allison May Rosen has taken over Jackson's managerial duties at Chandler Chicco's Washington office.  The firm is also working more often with Scott Gottlieb, a former deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, as a consultant on policy issues, said Amanda Loban of Chandler Chicco.

In the coming weeks, the firm plans to announce offerings for the public policy space, she added.

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