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Peter M. Leibold Chief Advocacy Officer

Peter M. Leibold is the Chief Advocacy Officer for Ascension Health. In this role, Leibold works closely with executive leadership, advocacy and government affairs leaders across the Health Ministries of Ascension Health. He leads the execution of an integrated advocacy and government affairs strategy to enhance Ascension Health’s ability to lead the transformation of healthcare, with continued emphasis on providing access for vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining Ascension Health, Leibold served for fifteen years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the largest association in the United States dedicated to educating and promoting collegiality among health lawyers.

Prior to accepting his job at AHLA in 1999, Leibold served as General Counsel to the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) from 1996-1999. He joined CHA after working at the law firm of Bryan Cave as counsel from 1995-1996. For six years prior to joining Bryan Cave, Leibold served in three different capacities for U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth, R-Mo.: from 1989-1992 as Sen. Danforth's counsel for judicial and health affairs; then as the senator's legislative director; and ultimately as his chief of staff.

In 2004, Leibold took time away from his AHLA responsibilities to serve as Washington Deputy to then-Ambassador Danforth when he was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In 1988-1989, Leibold clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Leibold is a graduate of Haverford College and Yale Law School. He is married to Liz McCloskey and has three children, Brian, Collin and Nora. 

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