Todd E. Gillenwater serves as CHI’s Executive Vice President – Advocacy & External Relations, leading CHI’s federal, state and local government relations, policy, alliance development and communications activities. Previously, he served as CHI’s interim President and CEO from Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2014. Gillenwater first joined CHI as Vice President – Public Policy in March 2004. In Dec. 2010, Gillenwater was promoted to Senior Vice President – Public Policy. In that capacity, Gillenwater was responsible for managing CHI’s Washington, D.C. office where he directed the organization’s federal government relations advocacy and outreach activities across issues including U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Medicare policies, intellectual property, science research funding, science and math education and tax policy. Prior to joining CHI, Gillenwater was Legislative Director for Congressman David Dreier (R-California), Chairman of the House Rules Committee. In that position, Gillenwater guided the congressman’s legislative work in major policy areas including healthcare, tax policy, and science and technology. In particular, he worked on Medicare, drug importation, stem cell research, NIH funding, and other legislative issues relevant to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and academic research communities. Prior to serving on Rep. Dreier’s staff, Gillenwater was an Associate at The Heritage Foundation. Gillenwater holds a master’s degree in management from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.