Joseph Grogan, JDNonresident Senior Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center
Former Assistant, U.S. President
Former Director, Domestic Policy Council (DPC)
Joseph Grogan, JD's Bio
Joseph Grogan served as Assistant to President Donald J. Trump and Director of the Domestic Policy Council. He was the President’s lead advisor on a variety of domestic policy issues relating to health care, regulatory and deregulatory initiatives, economic expansion, commercial space exploration, environment, agriculture, civil rights, and education. He is a health policy thought leader who has played a key role in the health sector’s most consequential debates of the last decade.
Grogan was also a member of the White House’s COVID-19 Task Force, where he worked with Executive Branch officials to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
During his time as Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Grogan led a White House team that directed the focus and attention of all major policy initiatives, including the development of regulations, Executive Orders, Presidential Decision Memorandums, and major Presidential announcements. In his role, Grogan coordinated with the President’s Cabinet, National Economic Council, White House Communications, Office of Management and Budget, and White House Legislative Affairs to drive the President’s domestic policy agenda. Notably, Grogan negotiated provisions of the 2020 Omnibus Spending Bill with Congressional leadership and members which eliminated a number of significant health care taxes. He developed a reputation as having an open door across the political spectrum for innovators and private industry seeking to solve complex problems in a highly regulated environment.
Before serving as Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Grogan was Associate Director for Health Programs at the Office of Management and Budget. During his tenure at the Office of Management and Budget, Grogan was responsible for overseeing all domestic health spending, totaling $1.3 trillion per year. Grogan also supervised the development of the President’s annual health budget, worked within the Executive Office of the President to formulate policy, and reviewed regulatory and administrative actions relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs to ensure they adhered to the President’s healthcare policy agenda. Grogan also provided technical assistance to Congress in drafting legislative proposals and managed a staff of 46 civil-service employees.
In the George W. Bush administration, Grogan served as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration, advising the Commissioner on a broad spectrum of food and drug regulatory issues. In the private sector, Grogan led the Washington Office for Gilead Sciences; and worked at Amgen and the Marwood Group.
Grogan is the author of numerous opinion pieces on prescription drug pricing, mental health, school choice programs, surprise medical billing, and Medicare spending. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, and the Washington Post.
Grogan holds a Juris Doctor from William and Mary School of Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany.