Leticia Mederos assists clients in crafting and executing federal government relations strategies to solve complex legislative problems in community and economic development, infrastructure, education, workforce, and healthcare.
Leticia’s primary focus is helping a wide range of institutions, non-profits, businesses, and governments navigate the annual appropriations process. She supports clients in securing funding and general policy provisions pertaining to Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, Department of Education’s K-12 and higher education programs, and the Department of Health and Human Services early childhood development programs; as well as health care programs including those that support hospitals; health centers and clinics; mental health; nursing, and medical research.
Leticia counsels entities from across the nation on education and workforce readiness matters. Based upon her extensive experience in overseeing these issues in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate’s relevant committees, she develops comprehensive legislative strategies for educational institutions, local governments, non-profit organizations and private enterprises for whom early childhood education, school readiness and workforce development policies are central to their future success. By working with policy makers in the Congress and decision makers in the Executive branch, she helps her clients share their work and experience to inspire new funding streams and regulatory frameworks that level the playing field for them.
In the healthcare sector, Leticia advises hospitals, patient groups, national trade associations and health care service providers navigate the intersection of funding, policy and regulatory action before Congress and the range of Federal Departments and sub-cabinet agencies that deal with the healthcare sector. This includes advocating for a range of federal programs of record and advising how entities can obtain resources through them, ranging from federal disease-based-research to compelling public health changes. Utilizing appropriations and other legislative tools, she also helps clients navigate the hierarchy of Agency decision-making on grants, contracts, and reimbursement issues, as well as the statutory authority under which those choices are made.
Leticia’s years of experience spanning twenty years managing appropriations bills positions her as one of Washington’s leading advisors on the annual appropriations process. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. During Leticia’s second tour of duty with DeLauro, she was the lead strategist behind the Congresswoman’s successful campaign to become Chair of the Appropriations Committee in the 117th Congress.
Leticia also served as top advisor overseeing the Congresswoman’s work as Co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee which included helping the freshman class of 2018 secure their committee assignments. Beyond her tenure as a top leadership aide, Leticia spent significant time engaged in national workforce and labor policy, serving as Director of Labor for Senator Patty Murray at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and in the same role at the House Committee on Education and Labor for former Member George Miller – where she worked to conference and pass into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
In her first tour of duty with Chair DeLauro, Leticia managed several appropriations bills, including Agriculture/ FDA, Interior, Defense, and served as the lead staffer at the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee which is 40% of all non-discretionary spending. She was also the congresswoman’s senior legislative advisor on education, labor, immigration, and welfare issue. Prior to that, Leticia was senior legislative assistant to Congresswoman Carrie Meek, a former member of the Appropriations Committee.
After working more than two decades on Capitol Hill, both House and Senate, Leticia has built one of the most expansive networks within the Congress, as well as with outside stakeholders in social policy.
Committee for Education Funding (CEF), 2012 Staff Recognition Award
American Association of University Women, 2010 Ally of the Year
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 2010 Champion for Women’s Health
American Heart Association, 2009 Congressional Staff Appreciation Award
American Psychological Association, 2007 Congressional Staff Award