Ashlie T. Bagwell
Senior Government Relations Associate
An experienced lobbyist, Ms. Bagwell joined HJM in 2013 after spending the last decade as a government relations professional in Annapolis and throughout Maryland. Her vast experience and excellent reputation among legislators and government officials in Maryland are invaluable assets to HJM and its clients.
Prior to joining the team, Ms. Bagwell worked for six years as a Government Relations Consultant at Alexander & Cleaver. In this position she represented a large number of clients, primarily focusing on healthcare related issues. Ms. Bagwell also worked extensively with companies and organizations headquartered and/or located in Montgomery County.
Ms. Bagwell boasts an impressive record of accomplishments in healthcare. She has represented a number of healthcare clients, including provider associations, healthcare advocacy groups and hospitals. On behalf of these clients, she has celebrated many legislative and regulatory successes. She prides herself on an ability to work closely with other stakeholder groups on healthcare issues, building consensus and, when necessary, reaching compromise. She regularly attends meetings of the various healthcare boards, task forces and workgroups, representing clients and their interests. When appropriate, she also represents clients at Provider Coalition meetings. Ms. Bagwell is able to effectively navigate scope of practice, provider licensure and regulation, and insurance matters. She has a vast knowledge of Medicaid policy, as well as the implementation of healthcare reform in Maryland and its impact on healthcare providers.
One of Ms. Bagwell’s many healthcare success stories involves her work on behalf of the Maryland Society of Plastic Surgeons (“MSPS”). Under her direction, MSPS championed legislation in 2010 to require certain cosmetic surgical procedures to be performed in an accredited facility. This legislation was among the first of its kind passed in the United States, making Maryland a trailblazer when it comes to common-sense regulations for the practice of cosmetic surgery. Since then, Ms. Bagwell has worked with the group to pass additional legislation and to push for stronger regulations.
Throughout her career, Ms. Bagwell has built strong relationships with members of the Maryland General Assembly as well as legislators and agency representatives in county and local governments throughout the state. Her versatility has allowed her to seamlessly represent clients in a wide range of policy areas.
Before moving into government relations consulting, Ms. Bagwell served as the Director of Government Relations and Public Policy at the Baltimore Jewish Council, where she shaped and implemented a legislative agenda that included both budget and policy priorities. Ms. Bagwell also worked closely with former Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan, serving as his Political Director from 2005 to 2006. In this role, she built lasting relationships in Montgomery County, where she has spent an extensive amount of time since moving from South Carolina.
In 2005, she accepted a position as Director of Public Policy at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC as well as the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland from 2003 to 2005. In each of these positions, she not only served as the lead on public policy and advocacy efforts, but also as the spokesperson for the organization.
Ms. Bagwell’s professional experience representing a wide range of interests is complimented by a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina. The combination of Ms. Bagwell’s extensive knowledge and education make her an outstanding advocate for her clients.
University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health (M.P.H. 1997)
University of South Carolina, South Carolina Honors College (B.A. 1995)
Recipient of the Daily Record’s “Leading Women” Award (2011); Recipient of the Women Information Network’s “Women of Achievement” Award (2004)
Community Service and Associations
Member, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC Action Fund Board of Directors (2014-present); Mentor Participant, Leadership Montgomery Emerging Leaders Mentor Program (2014-2015); Member, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, Board of Directors (2007-2013); Leadership Montgomery, Class of 2011; Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association; Board Member, Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (2006); Member, Women’s Information Network (2003-2006)
Maryland Government Relations Association