McClain Bryant Macklin, J.D., M.B.A., is the Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for the Health Forward Foundation, a foundation focused on access to healthcare, the social determinants of health, and health equity. She has an extensive background in policy at local, state, and national levels with a focus on the nexus of health, economics, and equity. She previously served as the Director of Policy and Research for the Greater Kansas City Civic Council and the Director of Policy for Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri. She also practiced at Husch Blackwell LLP, specializing in Public Policy, Campaign Finance and Ethics, White Collar Litigation and Government Affairs. McClain has a MBA from Florida A & M University and a JD from The George Washington University Law School. She currently serves on a variety of non-profit boards in Kansas City, Missouri.