Neil Trautwein joined NRF in 2006 as Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Counsel. As such, Trautwein heads NRF’s work on health care reform and other benefits-related legislation and regulatory issues, developing both short-term tactics and long-term strategy aimed toward helping retailers provide workers with competitive benefits while controlling costs.
Trautwein is one of the most prominent health care lobbyists in Washington, serving in a leadership role in a wide variety of key health policy positions and coalitions over the past two decades. He also publishes a popular e-mail newsletter that is widely read among congressional staff, industry allies, media and health policy experts across the nation. Trautwein is a NRF spokesperson on health care issues and is frequently quoted in national and congressional publications as well as on broadcast news channels.
Trautwein came to NRF from the National Association of Manufacturers, where he was Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Policy. Before joining NAM, he served as manager of health care policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as director of governmental affairs at the National Association of Health Underwriters, and as a legislative assistant handling health policy and other issues for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Louisville and a law degree from George Washington University.