Chris McGowen is the Director of Government Affairs at Omada Health. He previously served as the Director of State Government Affairs at Novo Nordisk and is a leading lobbyist in the pharmaceutical industry. Chris began his political career in 1992 as a producer for C-Span and later became Press Secretary to Congressman J.C. Watts. In this role, Chris helped pass welfare reform and was instrumental in facilitating the “Contract with America” agenda. Through this experience, Chris gained an appreciation for the vital role health care plays in public policy.
After leaving Capitol Hill, Chris lobbied in the state of Georgia on behalf of organizations including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Turner Broadcasting and Cohn & Wolfe Public Affairs. In Georgia, Chris built on his legislative experience and developed an extensive knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid policy.
Since joining Novo Nordisk in 2003, Chris has moved the national diabetes crisis to the forefront of states’ legislative agendas. As a diabetic and person living with Polymyositis, Chris brings a unique and personal perspective to the job. He is driven to change the course of diabetes and stays attuned to the challenges that diabetics face. Chris has also collaborated with the Institute for American Futures to create “What Diabetes will look like by 2025.” This powerful study and colloquium sheds light on the mounting human and financial costs of diabetes state by state.
Chris is a member of the Washington Government Relations Group, American League of Lobbyists, Press Club, Public Relations Society of America, and a board member of the Public Affairs Council.