Kennedy Krieger Institute Taps Emily Arneson as Director of Government Relations

BALTIMORE, January 6, 2020 –  Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally renowned, non-profit organization with the mission of improving the lives of children, adolescents and adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, welcomes Emily Arneson as director of government relations. In this role, Arneson will advance the interests and mission of the Institute through local, state and federal government affairs. She will also assist with the establishment and maintenance of corporate strategies, policies and plans, to align with government laws, regulations and standards.

“Emily’s knowledge of Kennedy Krieger Institute, and her expertise in government affairs, is a valuable asset for the Institute as we expand our reach and relationships with elected officials and policymakers in local, state and federal government,” said Bradley Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger. “Emily will play a critical role in helping broaden awareness and understanding of the critical impact the Institute has on the lives of the children and young adults we serve, and how that impact can further key government goals.”

With over ten years’ experience in government affairs and policy, Arneson is known for her dedication, precise execution, and ability to advocate successfully in fluctuating legislative environments. Arneson’s most recent position was as a government relations consultant with Alexander & Cleaver in Annapolis.

“Kennedy Krieger has an inspiring mission and I am honored to join the team to advance its great work,” said Arneson. “I look forward to using my legislative and budget planning experience to help Kennedy Krieger strengthen our partnerships with the State of Maryland and the Federal Government, to advocate for the patients, students and families we serve.”

Prior to her position at Alexander & Cleaver, Arneson served as the assistant director of policy and government affairs at the Maryland Department of Commerce. In this position, she was responsible for analyzing, highlighting and developing legislation on topics including economic development, tax credits, tourism and the arts. Before her return to state government, Arneson served within private and public sector entities focused on Capitol Hill federal advocacy and was instrumental in outreach to hundreds of congressional offices. Arneson also had the privilege of working on Capitol Hill.

Arneson graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics with a focus on domestic policy. She volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association, a cause about which she is particularly passionate. Arneson is married to a naval officer and resides in Annapolis, Maryland.


About Kennedy Krieger Institute:

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children, adolescents, and adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, Kennedy Krieger Institute, based in the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region, serves 25,000 individuals a year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services, and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with neurological issues, from mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop, while at the same time pioneering new interventions and methods of early diagnosis. Visit for more information about Kennedy Krieger.