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Hogan’s Federal Relations Chief Leaving for National Governors Association

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s director of federal relations is leaving state government to work for the National Governors Association.

Tiffany Waddell is joining the NGA to lead the organization’s federal advocacy team in Washington, D.C., and to work with governors’ public policy advocates from the 55 U.S. states and territories.

“Tiffany is the correct choice for NGA’s bipartisan approach to some of our nation’s greatest public policy challenges,” NGA Executive Director Bill McBride said in a statement. “She has strong executive experience leading legislative and advocacy campaigns at the federal and state level, as well as a proven track record of success in the association community.”

Hogan announced Thursday that Ariel Judah will fill Waddell’s role as the state’s next director of federal relations, effective July 14. Judah has been the deputy director of the state’s federal office since 2017.

Alex Milliken, currently a policy adviser in the governor’s office, will become deputy director of federal relations.

“Ariel has been an invaluable member of our administration over the last five and a half years and will continue to help advance Maryland’s priorities at the federal level,” Hogan said in a statement. “I want to sincerely thank Tiffany for her hard work and service to the people of Maryland, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with her in her new role at the National Governors Association.”

Waddell has worked as Hogan’s director of federal relations for nearly six years, including during his term as chair of the National Governors Association.

“After experiencing, first hand, the important work being done by the NGA during the COVID-19 pandemic, and my work with the dedicated team at the only bipartisan organization representing all the nation’s Governors, I am ready to be a part of their mission to drive solutions on the Governors priorities,” Waddell said in a statement released by NGA.

In 2020, Waddell was a key figure in Maryland’s decision to enter into a $12.5 million contract with a fledgling company, Blue Flame Medical, which struggled to fill the state’s order for personal protective equipment and ventilators. The state later settled the contract for half the cost after receiving a full shipment of protective masks and about one-third of the ventilators the company originally promised.

Before coming to state government, Waddell managed government affairs for Delta Air Lines and worked for Brand USA, the public-private partnership in the travel industry.  She has also held leadership positions within other organizations including The Printing Industries of America, The National Fraternal Order of Police, and The American Hotel & Lodging Association.

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