Dan Leonard, MA


Dan Leonard

Dan Leonard is the president of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), which sponsors and participates in research on the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals and the clinical and economic value of pharmaceutical innovation. NPC’s research contributes to the scientific foundation for informed discussions about health care access, coverage, appropriate use and value. 

Under Mr. Leonard’s leadership, NPC is expanding its focus on evidence-based medicine to support research addressing the generation, evaluation and application of evidence. In this capacity, Leonard leads NPC in bringing the pharmaceutical industry’s technical expertise and applied scientific knowledge to considerations of evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness reviews, evaluation and application. 

Prior to coming to NPC, Mr. Leonard served as executive vice president of advocacy and professional services for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the trade association representing companies providing health insurance coverage in the United States. He oversaw the departments responsible for federal and state legislative affairs and strategic communications.

Mr. Leonard is a veteran communications and media strategist with more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, legislative management, politics and broadcast journalism. He worked as a senior vice president at the Washington public relations firms Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates and Edelman Public Relations.

Mr. Leonard also has significant experience in politics and government. In August 1996, Mr. Leonard served as convention press secretary and spokesman to Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee Jack Kemp. In 1994, Mr. Leonard served as communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). Before joining the NRCC, Mr. Leonard served three years as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY).

Early in his career, Mr. Leonard worked as a broadcast journalist. He was a political reporter for WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH, where he covered the presidential candidates in the 1988 New Hampshire primary. He also was a reporter and anchor for WNNE-TV in Vermont, an associate producer at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, and a public relations publicist for WCVB-TV in Boston.

Mr. Leonard serves on the National Health Council’s board, and on the advisory boards of the Health Industry Forum and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.

He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and a master’s in government from Johns Hopkins University.

Fun Fact

In his spare time, Dan enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.