Michael Pratt

Chief Communications Officer

Michael Pratt is Chief Communications Officer (CCO) of the National Pharmaceutical Council, which sponsors and participates in research on the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals and the clinical and economic value of pharmaceutical innovation. As CCO, he is responsible for overseeing the communications and public affairs efforts of the organization and setting the strategic vision for how to effectively communicate the organization’s research to inform a dynamic policy environment. 

Mr. Pratt brings over a decade of healthcare, domestic policy, and science-focused communications experience leading communications and public affairs teams in some of the highest-pressure environments in government and healthcare. He most recently was a senior leader in the Washington, DC office of Real Chemistry, a leading global health-focused communications agency, and advised health and biopharmaceutical company executives on communications and public affairs initiatives related to health policy, corporate reputation, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, and the value of medicines.

Prior to Real Chemistry, Mr. Pratt served as CCO for the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine accelerator, Operation Warp Speed (OWS). Reporting directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary and the OWS board, he oversaw all elements of the media, stakeholder, legislative, intergovernmental and private-sector communications leading up to and during the initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and worked with the career HHS staff in launching the initial COVID-19 vaccine confidence campaigns.

Mr. Pratt also served for two years at HHS as Director of Strategic Communications and Campaigns, where he led public affairs activities for health policy announcements and was the communications lead for the Secretary’s pharmaceutical policy priorities. Previously, he held several leadership positions at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a policy think tank in Washington, DC, where he most recently was the Director of Media Relations and Marketing. 

Mr. Pratt is a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and lives with his wife, two daughters, and rescue dog outside of Washington, DC.