Budget and Appropriations
Strategic Management and Consulting
The Partners of SL Strategies rely on their combined decades of experience developing health care policy and strategy in Congress, the Executive Branch and the private sector to guide clients as they seek to partner with the federal government. Our firm has a particular focus on healthcare, public health, biotechnology, biodefense and pandemic preparedness.
We know that every client issue is unique and requires dedicated energy to find creative policy solutions. We understand the subtleties of the policy and political issues, as well as the nuances of the people and process. We use this knowledge to craft and implement comprehensive strategies and solutions that are individually tailored to meet our clients’ needs.
Sara Love Rawlings, Managing Partner and Founder, provides strategic planning, management consulting and public policy counsel to her clients on a range of health care, budget and appropriations issues. She has successfully represented a number of non-profits and corporations, serving as an advocate for their interests with Congress and federal agencies. Rawlings has a broad range of experience in crafting and analyzing appropriations and health care policy issues.
Prior to starting SL Strategies, Ms. Rawlings was a Senior Policy Advisor with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell and Berkowitz, where she represented multiple corporations, coalitions and trade associations on health care, budget and appropriations matters.
Ms. Rawlings was Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, where she managed over $30 billion in annual federal spending. She also served as a health fellow for Senator Thad Cochran, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Before her time in Washington, Ms. Rawlings spent four years working in biological research at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Green Center for Reproductive Biological Sciences.
Ms. Rawlings holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Methodist University and Law Degree from the University of Mississippi.
Jordan Tenenbaum, J.D., M.P.H. Co-Founder and Partner, is known for cultivating meaningful, professional relationships with stakeholders across the political spectrum using his scientific, legal and public health backgrounds to communicate complex issues in plain English. He provides extensive experience in legislative, appropriations and public policy strategy.
Prior to SL Strategies, Jordan served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the agency’s appropriations liaison to Congress and as a strategic advisor within the Office of Appropriations. Through this unique role he worked directly with agency leaders on appropriations issues, initiatives, and outreach for the agency while fostering strong relationships in Congress.
In 2012 Jordan was detailed to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services and Education. As part of the Professional Committee Staff, Jordan worked on a bipartisan basis with committee members and staff to find fiscally sound and responsible solutions to a wide range of health care and public health issues across a majority of the HHS portfolio.
Prior to joining CDC, Jordan worked at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research performing research on non-convulsive seizures associated with chemical nerve agent exposure. While Jordan ultimately did not pursue a career in laboratory science, the fundamentals of his laboratory science background often assist in bridging the gap between the science and policy worlds, by distilling complex science into simple meaningful parts.
Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University, and a J.D./M.P.H. from Emory’s School of Law and Rollins School of Public Health.