David Catania, Board Member

David A. Catania focuses his practice on health care, government law and strategy, and public policy.

David is a former Member of the Council of the District of Columbia. While on the Council, he chaired numerous Committees, including Health, Education, Public Services, and Local and Regional Affairs. In addition, David served as a member7 of the Committees on Finance and Revenue, Judiciary, Human Services, and Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

During the eight years he chaired the Council’s Health Committee, David was widely credited with leading the transformation of the District’s healthcare infrastructure. He is well versed on publicly funded health insurance programs. David championed historic expansions in the District’s Medicaid and other insurance programs, reducing the number of uninsured individuals in the city by half. He also authored the legislation creating the District’s state-run health exchange, which was one of the first and most successful in the nation.

David’s interest in public education led him to serve as the Chairperson of the Council’s Education Committee. In that role, David focused on narrowing the racial and gender achievement gaps in the District. He authored legislation that identified “at risk” students and successfully secured the largest appropriation in the District’s history to support them. In addition, David worked to end social promotion, create robust school-based nursing and mental health programs, and ensure integrity in standardized testing.