Government Affairs Director – CityHealth

Who We Are

de Beaumont Foundation

The de Beaumont Foundation is a private charitable foundation that advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. Our work centers around three main priority areas:

  • Policy: We advance policies that improve community health, so that current and future generations can benefit from changes enacted by today’s leaders.
  • Partnerships: We build partnerships, often among unlikely allies, so that leaders can make decisions that achieve their shared goal of creating healthier communities.
  • People: We create practical solutions that strengthen the public health system and workforce, so that professionals are equipped to make their communities healthier.

We strongly believe that the spirit in which we do our work is as important as the work itself. We pride ourselves on excellence, innovation, fostering collaboration between groups that might not otherwise interact, and a willingness to have fun with our work.


CityHealth is an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. Our mission is to advance a package of evidence-based policy solutions that will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities. CityHealth regularly evaluates cities on the number and strength of their policies. We work in the nation’s 40 largest cities, on specific policy issues, and believe strongly in building partnerships with city leaders, stakeholders, and advocacy organizations to help advance common goals. The work is aspirational and rigorous, given the breadth of issues and areas we work on, and combines government relations, technical assistance, and advocacy to drive policy change across the country. We are a small, highly driven team, who value excellence, pushing boundaries, balance, strong communication, and a sense of humor. We are deeply committed to equity, and believe strongly that local policy solutions have the potential to improve the lives of millions of Americans.

CityHealth is housed within the de Beaumont Foundation. The CityHealth co-Executive Directors have primary oversight of the project’s activities. The Director of Communications will be an employee of the de Beaumont Foundation, will report to the Vice President of Communications, and will be directed by the co-Executive Directors of CityHealth to meet day-to-day communications needs.


The Government Affairs Director will work with the Co-Executive Directors of CityHealth to increase the impact of the initiative, and to ensure the smooth functioning of the project. You will perform a crucial role on the CityHealth team by identifying policy opportunities, cultivating, and maintaining long-term relationships with local policymakers and other key stakeholders.


Your day-to-day work will include activities like:

  • Managing and overseeing the government relations efforts to include monitoring the provision of technical assistance, managing policy campaign efforts, and outreach to local policymakers.
  • Supporting the Co-Executive Directors in building, maintaining, and growing external relationships to advance policy priorities.
  • Working collaboratively with the Communications Director, Program Associate, vendors, and other team members to execute the project’s communications and outreach strategy. Such duties could include reviewing outreach emails and social media and preparing materials for the project’s website to ensure that they are timely, accurate, and relevant.
  • Researching, analyzing, and preparing policy opportunity briefs and making recommendations.
  • Tracking and reporting on municipal, state, and federal policy trends and updates and working with the Communications Director to develop tools and resources to help communicate to the project’s internal and external stakeholders.
  • Communicating effectively and consistently with the government relations team regarding ongoing legislative efforts, upcoming events, status of priorities, and other information, which affects the project’s broader goals.
  • Attending and representing the project at conferences, convenings, and other events.


You will be an experienced government relations specialist with a strong interest in municipal policy. You are curious, driven, flexible, highly resourceful, and interested in working on issues that center equity. You are able to think and work independently, while also collaborating as part of a team. You are committed to seeing the work through, even if that may mean working outside of routine business hours. The strongest candidate will also have public policy, political science, law, public health and/or city-specific knowledge.

To be successful in this job, you will excel in these areas:

  • Mission-driven: You want to make a difference and have experience in advocacy-related, cause-driven policy efforts and communications.
  • Convener: You are strategic and enjoy identifying, securing, and managing long-term relationships with policymakers as well as strategically aligned organizations or individuals.
  • Detail-oriented: You pay keen attention to detail and accuracy in a fast-moving policy environment with national reach.
  • Resourceful: You are able to skillfully and quickly manage new or challenging situations, prioritizing conflicting needs and following through on projects to successful completion while meeting deadlines.
  • Flexibility: You are able to adapt to the changing needs and priorities of cities as well as the project.
  • Local policy or advocacy experience: You have considerable experience working with cities or localities. Advocacy experience is required.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of related experience in government relations and policymaking. An understanding of municipal policymaking is strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional writing skills. Ability to translate complex subject matter for a general audience.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with municipal leaders and strategic partners.
  • Strong work ethic and desire to produce an exceptional product.
  • Possess strong analytical and legislative/statutory research skills.
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity. 


The CityHealth team is small and is deeply committed to helping all city residents thrive and achieve their optimal health.

This position is full-time and based in Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. Currently, the Foundation’s offices are closed indefinitely and will only open once it is deemed completely safe. New hires will not be expected to relocate or be present in the physical office until six months following the Foundation’s reopening.

We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a collegial work environment. The salary range for this position is $105,000 to $115,000, commensurate with experience.

Candidates should send cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to Katrina Forrest at with the subject “CityHealth Government Affairs Director.”

CityHealth staff are employees of the de Beaumont Foundation, which is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Publication date: February 9, 2021