Cecelia Prewett is an expert at marrying public policy issues with strategic communications. Her subject-matter expertise includes consumer protection, antitrust and a key understanding of the role of communications in litigation, all culled from her regulatory experience at the Federal Trade Commission, the Hill and membership associations.
At SKDK Cecelia works on both public affairs and political issues. Her issue portfolio includes technology, telecommunications, mergers, health care and FTC-related issues.
Prior to joining SKDK, Cecelia served at the Federal Trade Commission as the senior policy adviser to the chairman and director of public affairs. She was the Commission’s top communications strategist on many cases, including privacy issues involving Google, Twitter and Facebook, anticompetitive cases against Intel and Google, and issues like hospital mergers, “pay-for-delay” prescription drugs and consumer scams.
Cecelia’s legal communications work extends from antitrust to mass torts and trial attorney issues at the federal district and appellate courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her work on drug labeling and preemption law while at the American Association for Justice is heralded as crucial to the victory in the case of Wyeth v. Levine. At AARP, Cecelia strategized on media campaigns around health care issues such as Medicare prescription drug pricing, children’s health and affordable housing.
Cecelia worked as a communications director on Capitol Hill for Reps. Rahm Emanuel, Carolyn McCarthy and Bob Filner. Her work in politics began in 1994 when she ran a Tennessee statewide campaign, and worked as a field director for a congressional campaign in Mississippi.
After graduating with a B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee in 1993, she was a bill clerk in the Tennessee House of Representatives. After moving to Washington in 1995 to earn her master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University, Cecelia’s first job in D.C. was at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund working on the welfare reform bill.