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Marco Paredes serves as the Director of Government Affairs for the firm. Marco helps clients formulate and execute strategies to achieve their desired policy goals by analyzing, regularly tracking the progress of, and advocating for and affecting state legislation and regulation impacting clients’ business interests and priorities.

Marco provides clients with strategic guidance and insight, pulling from his extensive experience developing and implementing policy, his strong relationships with government decision-makers, and his broad knowledge of the process and issues before the Florida Legislature, state government agencies, and local governments. Marco uses his relationships with key elected officials and external stakeholders to navigate, influence, and facilitate favorable change in line with clients’ objectives.

Marco has over 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors. His legislative, executive agency, and public policy experience is diverse, having served as a liaison to the executive and legislative branches of government. Through varied former positions, Marco established a deep understanding of the policy-making process at the federal, state and local levels.

Prior to joining the firm, Marco served as Associate Director for Health for an influential state advocacy organization; as Vice President of Regional Governmental Affairs for a Fortune 500 managed healthcare company; as Legislative Affairs Director for the Florida Department of Health; as Senior Manager of State Governmental Affairs for one of the world's leading biotechnology companies; as Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for a major children’s hospital in Miami; and as Legislative Director for a Miami Dade County Commissioner.  

Areas of Concentration

  • Governmental & Agency Affairs
  • Governmental Liaison
  • Rulemaking, Bill & Amendment Drafting
  • Issues Research & Management
  • Intelligence Gathering, Evaluation & Monitoring of Legislation
  • Strategic Planning & Legislative Strategy
  • Florida Executive Branch and Agencies
  • Florida Legislature
  • Federal Agencies
  • Local Governments
  • Coalition Management
  • Public Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Health Policy
  • Ethics Compliance
  • Cross Functional Relationships

Representative Experience

  • Coordinated rate setting strategy before state agency for health care company’s Medicaid managed care business in Florida resulting in a significant rate increase as well as the creation of proposed quality measures for people with serious mental illness.
  • Led managed care business development in other states including collaborating with external stakeholders on managed care concept using new flexibility for institutions for mental disease (IMD) hospitals to treat the mentally ill who are uninsured and renewal of existing state contract for care coordination of children in out of home placement.
  • Passed state agency priority legislation on several public health issues such as health care practitioner licensing, public health emergencies, regulation of pain management clinics and newborn screening.
  • Collaborated with state agency senior leaders to direct legislative engagement and outreach on several emerging public health threats.
  • Secured federal appropriation of $4 million for various health care capital projects.
  • Passed local ordinances on such issues as campaign finance, price gouging, and the creation of a motorcycle based fire-rescue pilot program.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2019-Present
  • Circuit Two First Step, Board Treasurer, 2017-Present
  • Martyrs of La Florida Missions, Board of Directors, 2012-Present
  • Catholic Health Association of the United States, Executives of State Catholic Health Associations and Conferences Group, 2017-2019
  • Florida Association of Health Plans, Government Affairs, Finance, and Medicaid Committees, 2016-2017
  • Blessed Sacrament Church, Parish Council Member, 2013-2015
  • Knight Creative Communities Institute, Community Catalyst, 2012-2013
  • Literacy Volunteers of Leon County, English as Second Language Tutor, 2012-2013
  • Puerto Rico Pharmaceutical Industry Association, Government Affairs Committee 2009 – 2012
    • Chair, 2011
    • Vice Chair, 2010
  • BioFlorida, 2008-2012
    • Board of Directors, 2012
    • Government Affairs Committee, 2008-2012
  • GeorgiaBio, 2008-2012
    • Biosimilars Policy Working Group,  2012
    • Government Affairs Committee, 2008-2012
  • National Association of Children’s Hospital, Public Policy Committee, 2003-2006

Publications & Presentations

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Winter 2019-2020
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|December 2019

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Fall 2019
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2019

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