At-large Board of Director Member
Manuel Bonilla is the Chief Advocacy and Practice Officer (CAPO) in the Washington, DC office of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). In this role, Manuel oversees the organization’s advocacy division which includes departments covering federal and state legislative, regulatory and political affairs content areas. He serves as ASA’s senior in-house lobbyist to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and his staff provide support for the operations of ASAPAC, that nation’s largest physician political action fund at over $4.5 million per election. During 2020, he led ASA advocacy initiatives related to physician anesthesiologist frontline involvement in the COVID pandemic, including working for the Provider Relief Fund, additional personal protective equipment, and maintaining the highest standards of surgical and intensive care for Medicare beneficiaries and Veterans.
In December of 2019, Manuel was named one of Capitol Hill’s top Lobbyists by “The Hill” newspaper.
Manuel has over two decades of experience in health care legislation and politics. He began his career in Washington, D.C. as a U.S. Senate health care legislative aide. Following Manuel’s time on Capitol Hill, he worked as a Congressional lobbyist for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Manuel is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and has a M.S. in Health Care Management from Marymount University.