Ms. Canfield currently serves as Senior Director, International Government Affairs for the pharmaceutical company, AbbVie. Ms. Canfield leads the development and implementation of global initiatives to support the International Government Affairs team and the affiliates. She will ensure aligned positions and activity across the international markets and will represent International
Government Affairs on the GA Leadership Team. Prior to her position with AbbVie, Mrs. Canfield served as Deputy Chief Of Staff to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. In this position, she provided strategic counsel to the Senator across a broad range of issues.
Ms. Canfield previously held senior positions in both the private and non-profit sector, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At the Gates Foundation, she provided strategic advocacy counsel to the Foundation’s leadership within the global health communities in the United States and in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan and Australia. Her position with the Gates Foundation follows a distinguished career in the Executive Branch, on Capitol Hill, and in two Presidential campaigns. Ms. Canfield has held various senior positions including Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at the United States Department of Homeland Security, Counselor to the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House. In the 2000 campaign, Ms. Canfield served as Domestic Policy Advisor to then- Governor George W. Bush and in the 2008 campaign cycle, she served as Policy Director to Governor Mitt Romney.
She holds a degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and has studied at Saint Catherine’s College, Oxford University. She has also guest lectured at the Department of Communications Studies at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the George Mason Graduate School of Political Management.