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Mariana Acuna*

Government Relations Specialist
Mariana supports clients on transportation, immigration, health care, nonprofit, and cannabis issues.
Mariana Acuna Portrait

Mariana helps clients achieve their business objectives by developing action plans and executing outreach efforts to maximize engagement with the Administration, Federal legislators, regulators, and the Council of the District of Columbia. She actively monitors policy developments, alerts clients of relevant information, and supports client agendas through tailored strategy sessions, research and writing, and planning and orchestration of Hill days.

Mariana also provides bilingual (Spanish) assistance to the Arent Fox Pro Bono Committee with civil rights advocacy initiatives locally and at the US-Mexico border. She worked on the Support Immigrant Families Initiative, which provided pro bono services to immigrant families detained at the border and won the Marc L. Fleischaker Award in 2019.

*Mariana is not a member of the legal practice.

Client Work

Mariana’s recent representative matters include:

Transportation

  • Supporting an association client in advocacy efforts pertaining to COVID Relief Funding, including the Heroes Act, HEALS Act, CARES Act, and annual appropriations legislation regarding Federal Transit.
  • Provided proactive policy analysis on micromobility, autonomous vehicles, Vision Zero, and ridesharing.

Health Care

  • Advocated for reauthorization of the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program.
  • Assisted an association client in advocacy on cosmetics modernization legislation and implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.
  • Assisted a biotech firm by monitoring and advocating for legislation related to cancer screening technology.
  • Provided proactive policy analysis on food security and anti-poverty programs in the Heroes Act, HEALS Act, CARES Act, and Presidential budget.

Trade

  • Assisted a biotechnology manufacturer and the confectionery products industry on advocacy efforts concerning trade enforcement policies and tariffs.

Previous Work

Mariana previously served in both the State and Capitol Hill offices for Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). In Washington state, she worked with the State Department of Health, Insurance Commissioner, Labor & Industries, Superintendents office, Transportation, Social and Health Services, other institutions, and nonprofits. While in the DC office, she was the primary point of contact for constituents to help them understand the nuances of Congress, the Executive Branch, and the DC government. 

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Mariana’s publications include:

Life Beyond the Law

In her spare time, Mariana enjoys hiking, traveling, and learning new languages. She also enjoys learning about other cultures through music and cooking.