Navigating Washington with You
Budget and Appropriations
Legislative Strategy Development
Direct Advocacy and Relationship Building
Policymaker Mapping and Engagement
SL Strategies is a bipartisan, bicameral government affairs consulting firm that specializes in working with clients who have a focus in healthcare, public health, biotechnology, biodefense, and pandemic preparedness.
Our partners rely on their combined decades of experience developing bipartisan legislative policy and strategy in Congress, the Executive Branch and the private sector to guide clients as they seek to partner with the federal government.
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, provides expertise in policy development, appropriations strategy and advocacy. Jordan thrives when he is solving complex problems that require creative policy initiatives for bipartisan stakeholders. Jordan has helped clients develop and implement advocacy strategies to secure federal funding from numerous agencies, advance legislation on challenging issues, and build longstanding relationships with key decision-makers.
Prior to co-founding 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 sent on detail to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services and Education to work as part of the Professional Committee Staff. Jordan worked on a bipartisan basis with committee members and staff on a wide range of health care and public health issues 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.
Strategic alliances to add even more value for our clients
SL Strategies has an extensive network of trusted partners, from specialty firms to independent collaborators in media communication and political strategy. We leverage our network to bring proven outside expertise to the table whenever needed.