Manuel Bonilla

Candidate for At-large Board of Director Member
Statement of Intent

I am a strong supporter of HLA and its mission. My employer, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, is a financial supporter of HLA. I am seeking an additional term on the HLA Board to continue my work with my colleagues to grow HLA membership and strengthen the organization to better support the needs of our government affairs colleagues. I would also like to continue my work serving as Co-Chair of the Committee on Professional Development. During 2020, the Committee successfully expanded the scope and content of HLA's educational programing. Highlights included our second annual Ethics 101 program, HLA's popular ethics and campaign finance training program, and participation in "Minority Report: Unique Journeys To The Top For Minority Government Affairs Professionals," a program highlighting the rise of minority leader in the government affairs industry. I look forward to continuing to work further grow HLA's professional development opportunities. 




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. 


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