Kiana Newman

Kiana supports Lewis-Burke by providing valuable insights to clients in the fields of biomedical research, biotechnology, and economic development. Her expertise involves tracking legislative and agency developments and offering tailored assistance to clients based on their individual requests. Among the federal agencies she focuses on are the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), Small Business Administration (SBA), and Economic Development Administration (EDA). With a background rooted in medicine, Kiana brings a unique perspective to each subject. This has allowed Kiana to work with clients and agencies to facilitate the implementation of cutting-edge strategies and transformative approaches in biomedical research and biotechnology.

Issue Areas: Biomedical research, biotechnology and bioengineering, health research, economic development, public-private partnerships, and technology.

Additional Information: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke Associates, Kiana was a legislative policy research intern at Advanced Continuing Education Association, where she honed her skills in analyzing and tracking policy developments. Her experience in this role gave her a keen understanding of the intricacies of legislative processes and their impact on various sectors, including healthcare. She spent part of her undergraduate experience participating in biomedical engineering research labs, analyzing complex scientific journals to extract key information for audiences. Additionally, Kiana worked in a hospital setting, gaining firsthand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities within the healthcare industry. This diverse background has equipped her with a comprehensive perspective that she now applies to her work, providing valuable insights to our clients.

Vital Statistics: Kiana was born and raised in the DMV area, receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Biology and African American Studies. Outside the office, Kiana enjoys playing volleyball, exploring the city, and skiing!

Carrie D. Wolinetz, Ph.D.

Carrie D. Wolinetz, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized science and health policy expert and former senior government official who brings decades of experience to serve and advise the clients of Lewis-Burke. As a leader inside and outside government, Carrie has successfully led efforts to increase funding for biomedical research, prepare the country for potential future pandemics, promote the bioeconomy, increase health and gender equity, and expand access to the products of federally funded research. In her role as Principal and Chair of the firm’s Health and Bioscience Innovation Policy Practice Group, Carrie leverages deep knowledge and a wide-ranging network to develop strategies for the research and healthcare communities towards effective solutions in areas of health policy, health systems and response, the bioscience ecosystem of the future, and efforts to accelerate biomedical innovation.

Throughout her career, Carrie has employed big picture vision to create blueprints for achievement of advocacy and policy goals, across the legislative and executive branches of government, ranging from coalition building to communication and lobbying campaigns to report and recommendations development. She uses her extensive experience working with Congress, the interagency, regulatory agencies, and across the breadth of the biomedical and health stakeholder communities to create achievable short and long-term objectives and ambitious goals in service to the research and healthcare community. As a prominent leader in biomedical and health policy, Carrie is a sought out and trusted expert across public and private sectors for seeing and creating new opportunities or defining critical issues and assets for the life science innovation ecosystem.

Issue Experience: Basic and clinical research (National Institutes of Health, ARPA-H, HHS, VA, USDA); biomedical research policy (human participant protections, data sharing, rigor and reproducibility); bioeconomy and biomanufacturing; biosafety, biosecurity and research security; emerging biotechnologies; medical research regulation (FDA, CMS, CDC, USDA); appropriations; healthcare policy; telemedicine; graduate education; international science policy; diversity, equity, and inclusion policy.

Additional Experience: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Carrie spent nearly a decade in public service, leading the inaugural Health and Life Sciences division in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, heading the Office of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as NIH’s Associate Director for Science Policy, and serving as Chief of Staff to NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins. She has decades working with and advocating for the university and scientific communities, covering biomedical and agricultural policy issues for the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), as well as serving as President of United for Medical Research. Carrie is a trained scientist, with degrees in Animal Science and a research focus in reproductive physiology and has spent her career leveraging her scientific experience to inform science and health policy issues.

Vital Statistics: Carrie has slowly been making her way south, from growing up in Syracuse, New York where she began her professional career as a zookeeper to her beloved undergrad alma mater, Cornell University (where she met her husband), followed by her doctoral degree at The Pennsylvania State University, before settling in long-term in DC. She loves nothing more than to travel all over the world with her husband and two sons, hiking with her dogs, cooking for family and friends, or curling up on the porch with a good book. For the future, Carrie and her family dream of retiring to their midlife crisis spontaneous purchase, a dog-friendly B&B in coastal Delaware, which is where they can often be found on the weekends.




Madison Lambert

Madison Lambert uses her background and education in Public Health to provide clients with relevant federal health and biomedical research insights related to funding opportunities and legislative Madison’s background in Public Health allows her to provide clients with in-depth information on emerging opportunities, innovations, and ways to promote health through science and technology.

Issue Areas: Biomedical Research, Social Determinants, Global Health, Public Health, and Prevention Science

Additional Information: Prior to joining Lewis-Burke Associates, Madison worked as a Program Assistant for The National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Children’s Inn Non-Profit sector. Here she did program coordination for children undergoing clinical trials for ultra-rare diseases, worked alongside medical teams to assist international patients and families during their research. Before being promoted to full-time at the Children’s Inn, she served as an intern.

Vital Statistics: Madison graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with her B.S. in Public Health concentrating in behavioral and community health as well as maternal/child health. She is a DC and Maryland native, and an avid foodie who enjoys exploring the many tastes of Washington D.C. in her spare time.

Jackson Clark

Jackson Clark supports Lewis-Burke clients by tracking and researching federal agencies and legislative updates that are related to biomedical research, health, biosecurity, and biotechnology. At the firm, he focuses on opportunities and updates at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), among others.

Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Jackson found his passion for federal health policy working as an undergraduate research assistant at the University of Minnesota. In that role, he assisted Professor Michael Minta in his research analyzing the United States’ preparedness for pandemics over time. Through this experience, he gained an understanding of the many different priorities of federal agencies and became skilled at researching and analyzing federal budgets. Additionally, Jackson gained valuable experience at the ground level of health policy interning for Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN). In that role, he assisted constituents with casework relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, which allowed him to better understand how to interact productively with federal agencies and how policy impacts Americans.

Issue Expertise:  Health and hospitals, biomedical research, infectious diseases, pandemic preparedness and response, biotechnology, and defense health.

Vital Statistics: Jackson was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and received his bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Minnesota, where he double majored in Political Science and Philosophy. Outside of the office, Jackson spends his time supporting University of Minnesota and Alabama athletics, especially during football season. He also enjoys cooking, reading historical non-fiction, and biking around the city.


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