Maria Harris Tildon

Maria Harris Tildon is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Community Affairs for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the largest health care insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, serving nearly 3.2 million members with nearly 5,000 employees in Maryland and the National Capitol Area.  As Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Community Affairs, Ms. Tildon is responsible for managing all matters related to public policy, state and federal government relations, external and internal communications, strategic medical communications and community investments and outreach.  Tildon joined CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in September of 2006.

Prior to joining, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Ms. Maria Harris Tildon was Senior Vice President for External Affairs for The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting underage drinking and drunk driving.  As Senior Vice President, Ms. Tildon was responsible for all communications, marketing, federal and state government affairs and national field efforts on behalf of The Council.  Ms. Tildon began her tenure at The Council in November of 1999 after serving in several capacities in the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce under Secretaries Ronald H. Brown and William Daley including Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration and Deputy Director of Public Affairs.  As Deputy Director, Ms. Tildon was responsible for oversight of all media relations and outreach efforts for the Department of Commerce’s thirteen agencies and 30,000 employees.

Prior to joining the Administration, Ms. Tildon practiced law at Venable, LLP in Washington, DC from 1990-1993 focusing on civil and criminal litigation in federal and state courts with a special emphasis on business litigation and environmental criminal defense.

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