ADEA Names Tim Leeth Chief Advocacy Officer

(8 Nov. 2017, Washington, D.C.) The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has named Tim Leeth, CPA, Chief Advocacy Officer. Mr. Leeth joins the ADEA leadership team with decades of experience in legislative tracking and advocacy, including 24 years of service on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations and more than 10 years with the Jefferson Consulting Group, LLP (JCG) and Lincoln Capitol Consulting, LLC (LCC). He has served as ADEA’s Senior Director for Federal Relations since 2014.

During Leeth’s service with the Committee on Appropriations, the U.S. Senate’s political leadership turned over three times, leaving him to work for the majority party each time—the only subcommittee clerk to do so. He also provided coordination and parliamentary direction to the full committee, including supplementals and continuing resolutions.  

At JCG and LCC, Tim represented various health care clients, including medical specialties and device manufacturers, focusing on key issues during debates on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He brings deep experience in the rules and precedents of the Senate and a proven track record of influencing policies for the professional health care sector.

“As a leading voice on issues of importance to academic dentistry and dental and craniofacial research, Tim Leeth has worked tirelessly to shape policy that supports and advances the goals of ADEA and our membership,” says Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). “Tim has ably served as ADEA’s Senior Director for Federal Relations, and we are very pleased to recognize his leadership and appoint him to the position of Chief Advocacy Officer.”

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public. Our members include all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 50 corporations and approximately 18,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®. For more information, visit