Michael Splaine is owner and principal in Splaine Consulting, a small advocacy and government affairs consulting firm based in Washington DC. Immediately prior to starting this company, Mike was Director of State Government Affairs in the Public Policy Division of the US Alzheimer’s Association with whom he enjoyed a 23-year career. He is the managing partner of a related company Recruitment Partners LLC focused on improving the pace, quality and diversity of recruitment into dementia clinical trials. Among his clients Mike is a consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association/CDC Healthy Brain Initiative and recently was the lead on behalf of the Association on its Road Map for Indian Country document and related outreach. He has also been policy adviser for Alzheimer’s Disease International and teaches dementia policy classes at two US universities. Mike makes his home in Columbia Maryland with his amazing wife Sandy.