Managing Director, Policy & Public Affairs, Friends of Cancer Research
Ryan Hohman, JD, serves as Managing Director, Policy & Public Affairs at Friends of Cancer Research (Friends), a think tank and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Friends is our country’s leading voice in advocating for policies and proposing and promoting real solutions that will get treatments to patients in the safest and quickest way possible. Friends develops new, groundbreaking partnerships, creates a more open dialogued among both public and private sectors and tears down the barriers that stand in the way of conquering cancer. By collaborating with federal health and regulatory agencies, premier academic research centers, professional societies, members of congress and other advocacy organizations, Friends is able to accelerate innovation.
At Friends, Ryan leads the strategic development and execution of public-policy and legislative initiatives to enhance U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulatory policies and Department of Health and Human Services, and its institutes, research programs. Additionally, Ryan oversees the organizations targeted outreach, comprehensive communications strategy, federal affairs, advocacy relations, and the organizations development programs. As Managing Director of Policy & Public Affairs at Friends, Ryan has the privilege of serving on many important boards and committees of organizations who share Friends mission, including: Advisory Council, Enroll America; Principles Working Group, National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation (NDHI); Strategic Advisory Committee, The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at Georgetown – Lombardi CCC; Advisory Council, Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC).
During his diverse career, Ryan has experienced first-hand the vital need and incredible impact that sustained federal funding of biomedical has on physicians, researchers and scientists and the difficulties many of these communities face when engaging in and navigating the regulatory process. Before joining Friends, Ryan was Director of Corporate and Institutional Partnerships at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. While at Georgetown, Ryan focused on the development and execution of strategic corporate and philanthropic engagement to support the center’s biomedical research and cancer treatment and education programs. During this time, Mr. Hohman was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cancer Research Alliance and worked to support and expand the programs of the Capital Breast Care Center, which provides comprehensive, culturally appropriate breast cancer screening services and health education to women in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Prior to his time at Lombardi, Ryan was an associate with a DC & Boston-based public relations firm, specializing in health and trade association media and governmental strategy. Ryan has also served in numerous political campaigns and offices, including: former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle’s 2004 Senate race, Senator John Edwards’ Presidential Campaign, and at the Democratic National Committee under then Chairman Terry McAuliffe.