Eric E. Grier, Ph.D

Design and lead advocacy campaigns; state legislative, administrative strategies to move decision-makers; constituent/member mobilization; volunteer recruitment, management; direct advocacy; policy analysis, research; creating, leading, participating in coalitions; issue advocacy training; public speaking; state occupational licensure issues; PAC management; health care issues. Always working with diverse communities.

Education & Work Experience

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), St. Paul, MN
Director of Government Affairs (2008-2/2023)

Managed overall government affairs effort which included proactive advocacy and monitoring policy proposals at the federal and state levels of government and with nongovernment institutions. Hired the most appropriately qualified lobbyists and PR consultants for advocacy in Congress, state legislatures, and federal and state executive branch agencies.

  • Directed coalitions of groups and organized all aspects of the lobbying effort that included volunteer meetings, fly-ins, and grassroots lobbying. Federal and state level PR included ad campaigns, grasstops efforts, earned media and other tactics.
  • Directed advocacy efforts in Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to acquire acceptance for an ARRT certified profession. Acquired CMS acceptance for the profession to perform diagnostic imaging under direct physician supervision (physician in the building or campus).
  • Gained acceptance for the profession at the Veterans Health Administration, allowing providers to work in 1300 VA medical centers across the country.
  • Obtained government acceptance for state licenses and defeated many bills and regulations that would have reduced state requirements and patient safety for providers performing medical imaging, radiation therapy and interventional procedures.
  • Passed exam-subversion legislation in Minnesota. The bill prohibits those who take a certification or licensure exam from disclosing any part of the exam by any means, including memorization, for any purpose. All ARRT examinees agree to abide by this Minnesota statute.
  • Other efforts were successful in achieving acceptance with Medicare Administrative Contractors, hospital HR departments, and accrediting organizations.

American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS), Atlanta, GA
Director of Governmental Affairs (2002-2007)

Monitored government actions and coordinated lobbying in 50 states and with the federal government to acquire acceptance of the organization’s credential. Managed AAPS’s political action committees which included raising funds and making contributions to members of Congress and state legislatures.

Increased AAPS’s acceptance by seven sta

  • state medical boards, and one state department of health. Created effective strategy appropriate for small organizations. The plan expanded the organization’s acceptance with health insurance plans and a range of health care institutions.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), Atlanta, GA
Public Policy and Advocacy Specialist (1997-2000)

Coordinated and managed the state level legislative and regulatory tracking program for a range of public health issues. Consulted with state chapters to evaluate and structure lobbying. Conducted government relations workshops with state chapters to advance their volunteer lobbying and grassroots advocacy programs.

Related earlier employment (1986-1992)

U.S. Congressman David E. Skaggs, 2nd District, Colorado, Legislative Correspondent U.S. Congressman Glenn M. Anderson, 32nd District, California, District Assistant

City Hall, Signal Hill, California, General Aide

Georgia State University; Kennesaw State University; University of West Georgia; Oglethorpe University

Adjunct Professor of political science (1993-2001)

Taught courses in American Government and Politics at universities throughout the Atlanta area.

Prepared presentations and led discussions of research findings at political science conventions and panels. Published reviews and articles in peer reviewed journals.

Sliding scale rates are long or short term, monthly retainer, by session, hourly or other flexible arrangements.