Press releases

Lanhee Chen joins Brunswick as a Senior Counselor

Brunswick Group, a global advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations, today announced that Lanhee Chen has joined the firm as a Senior Counselor.

Lanhee has had an outstanding career across government, U.S. politics, business and academia.

He is currently the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University.

He has advised four presidential campaigns including Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Romney-Ryan campaign in 2012, where he served as Governor Mitt Romney’s chief policy advisor.

During the George W. Bush administration, he was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 2014 to 2018, he served as a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed member of the Social Security Advisory Board—an independent, bipartisan panel that advises the president, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs. 

Chief Executive Officer, Neal Wolin said: “Lanhee is an exciting addition to our team at Brunswick. His deep expertise in health care policy and significant experience advising on public affairs and public policy issues will meaningfully enhance our capabilities and be of huge value to our clients.”

On joining the firm, Lanhee Chen said: “I am impressed with Brunswick’s truly global reach, the quality of its people, and the strength of the firm’s leadership and culture. I look forward to working with an incredibly talented group of colleagues to address issues of fundamental significance for some of the world’s biggest companies.”

About Lanhee J. Chen:

Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. is the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University.  

He has advised four presidential campaigns, including as policy director of the Romney-Ryan campaign in 2012, where he served as Governor Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser; a senior strategist on the campaign; and the person responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy.  Chen also advised Senator Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential bid, served as Domestic Policy Director of Romney's 2008 campaign, and was a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004.

From 2014 to 2018, Chen served as a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed member of the Social Security Advisory Board—an independent, bipartisan panel that advises the president, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs.  

Chen’s writings have appeared in a variety of outlets, including The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg View.  He has been a CNN Political Commentator and provided political analysis and commentary on nearly every other major television network.  Chen is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Salem Media Group. 

In the Bush administration, Chen was a senior official at the US Department of Health and Human Services. His private-sector experience includes having been an associate attorney with the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he practiced business litigation.

Chen serves as an adviser to and on the boards of several nonprofits, including El Camino Hospital, the Democracy Fund, and the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP). He is also a Senior Adviser to and member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group.

Chen earned his Ph.D. and A.M. in political science from Harvard University, his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his A.B. magna cum laude in government from Harvard College.

A native of Rowland Heights, California, he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and children.

Contact
Steve Power, Partner, Washington, D.C.