Mentor Dinners bring professional women together to discuss what life is like as a female in the field of government relations. The dinners are limited to 20 participants, participants have the unique opportunity to build close bonds with other WGR members. Two experienced industry professionals serving as the evening’s hosts provide perspectives and share their own life experiences.
- Mary Beth Bloomberg, Principal, Bloomberg Advocacy, LLC
- Margaret Van Amringe, Executive Vice President for Public Policy & Gov't Relations at The Joint Commission
Location: Cafe Deluxe
2201 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom
This is a members-only event.
Event Registration with purchase of a NEW Membership (a $55 savings!): $240
Registration includes dinner and dessert.
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Mary Beth Bloomberg
Principal, Bloomberg Advocacy, LLC
Mary Beth Bloomberg founded Bloomberg Advocacy in 2007 after more than 30 years of public policy experience. She has been a leader in the grassroots advocacy field for 20 years and pioneered the "Grasstops" concept in 1988. Ms. Bloomberg has continued to develop the most innovative methods of involving third parties and key influentials in the legislative and regulatory process. Her health care clients have included the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, medical specialty, non-profit and provider organizations, and coalitions conducting grassroots campaigns at the federal, state, and local level.
Ms. Bloomberg served as Executive Vice President at The Direct Impact Company for 14 years where she built the company's healthcare and energy practices. Highlights of her career include her tenure as Senior Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and as Senior Vice President at Burson-Marsteller and Reese Communications.
She serves regularly as a resource, speaker, and panel member at conferences and meetings for
a variety of organizations, corporations, and associations including—The Public Affairs Council, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The American University Lobbying Institute, and the Edison Electric Institute.
Ms. Bloomberg holds degrees from Colorado College and the University of Virginia.
Margaret Van Amringe, Executive Vice President for Public Policy & Gov't Relations at The Joint Commission
Ms. VanAmringe is the Executive Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations at The Joint Commission, and heads the Joint Commission’s Washington, D.C. office. She is responsible for developing strategic opportunities for The Joint Commission involving the public and private sectors. To accomplish this, Ms. VanAmringe works with government agencies, the Congress, consumer organizations, national professional groups and purchasers of health care. The Washington office is the Joint Commission’s interface with the federal government and with public policy issues. It is also the office concerned with Medicare and Medicaid oversight of quality and its relationship to private sector accreditation; relationships with the Department of Defense; the Veterans’ Administration; and the Public Health Service agencies; and with policymaking institutions such as MedPAC, the Government Accountability Office, and the Institute of Medicine.
Prior to taking a position with The Joint Commission, Ms. VanAmringe was Director of the Center for Research Dissemination and Liaison at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Health Research and Quality) in the U.S. Public Health Service. There she established programs to communicate health services research findings to a wide array of professional and public audiences. She established the agency’s first health information dissemination program to bring practical information gleaned from health services research into the hands of consumers and their families, and worked to have more health services research information indexed into the National Library of Medicine. She also established an external grants program to explore effective methods for disseminating new medical information to clinicians, and for changing medical treatment behavior to reflect evidence-based medicine.
Between 1989 and 1990, Ms. VanAmringe was a legislative fellow in the office of the Majority Leader, Senator George Mitchell. From early 1987 through 1989, she held various positions in the Immediate Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), including Senior Advisor, and Acting Deputy Chief of Staff. While there, she provided advice on the full range of social and health policy issues. Before joining the Secretary’s staff, she spent ten years working in the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS) at DHHS, where she was Director of the Office of Survey and Certification, the component which was then responsible for developing health and safety standards for health care organizations reimbursed by Medicare/Medicaid, and for assuring that such federally funded entities met the government’s expectations for delivering quality care. She also worked in the contractor oversight division dealing with payment operations, and in the Office of Legislation and Policy.
Ms. VanAmringe holds a Master of Health Sciences degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.