Ceci Connolly is a nationally known healthcare consultant, speaker, author and conference facilitator. She specializes in guiding corporations and foundations through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and translating its implications for the $2.5 trillion healthcare industry. She is an expert on communications, leadership coaching, crisis management and the Washington regulatory process.
Ceci is a board member for the non-profit Whitman Walker Health, and is the first non-physician to receive the Mayo Clinic's prestigious Plummer Society Award for promoting deeper understanding of science and medicine. Ceci has served as a judge in the International Health Promotion Awards Program (Rome) and the National Institute for Health Care Management journalism contest.
She enjoyed a successful 25-year career in journalism, covering five presidential campaigns, reporting on national politics, healthcare, Latin America and natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. As The Washington Post's chief health policy correspondent, she chronicled the long battle over President Obama's sweeping healthcare legislation. She is co-author of “LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All” and a contributing author to the upcoming book, "Antidote: Strategies for Containing America's Runaway Health Care Costs." She was also a major contributor to the book "Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election."
In summer 2001, Ceci was named national health policy correspondent for the Post, producing articles on bioterrorism, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, skyrocketing medical bills, physician-assisted suicide, stem cells and the Terri Schiavo case. She also spent more than two years based in Mexico City, traveling extensively throughout Latin America and writing Campaign Conexion, a popular blog about Mexico's 2006 presidential race, on washingtonpost.com. She produced a multimedia project on HIV-AIDS along the U.S.-Mexico border, and wrote a magazine series for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examining the links between socioeconomic factors and health.
As a public speaker, Ceci has been praised for her unique ability to translate complex subjects for audiences at all levels. She has spoken at the Chautauqua Institution, the Cleveland Clinic, the National Press Club and numerous universities, including Yale, Syracuse, Harvard, Columbia and Case Western. She served as emcee of the Microsoft Health Connected Conference, moderated a panel for the New York Stem Cell Foundation on Alzheimer’s research and addressed the Milken Global Health Conference in Los Angeles. Her breadth of experience enables her to speak authoritatively on a range of subjects including politics, healthcare, journalism and what it takes to be a successful woman in Washington and Latin America.
Ceci has appeared on PBS' Washington Week, The Early Show on CBS, NPR's Diane Rehm Show and several news programs on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel. She provided live, on-air analysis Election Night 2004 and Inauguration Day 2005 for the Fox Network. Ceci was the recipient of a fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is a graduate of Boston College.