NEW YORK, May 15, 2019 – BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe), a leading global communications company, today announced that Licy Do Canto has joined as Executive Vice President, Managing Director in the firm’s U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice. Do Canto will lead policy strategy for the firm’s healthcare clients.
“Astute public affairs teams know that the future of healthcare will rest in the hands of those who can best position a point of view and drive it across fragmented systems and markets,” said Chris Foster, President, North America, BCW. “Licy’s rich and diverse healthcare experience over two decades provides him with unparalleled knowledge and expertise to successfully guide us into this future. We are excited to have him lead our healthcare policy team.”
Do Canto has worked at the national, state and local levels across the nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate and government sectors leading integrated public affairs campaigns combining strategic communications, political and legislative initiatives, policy, coalition building, grassroots/grass-tops efforts and direct advocacy. He has worked with clients on a broad range of healthcare and health equity issues from maternal/child, behavioral, mental, reproductive and community health to chronic disease, pain management, intellectual and developmental disability and end of life care.
Before joining BCW, Do Canto built a nationally recognized strategic public affairs and communications firm which provided strategic counsel and support across consumer, advocacy, research, corporate and crisis to Fortune 500 clients and leading national nonprofit organizations. Before that, Do Canto was Health Practice Chair and Principal at The Raben Group, providing corporate, non-profit, philanthropic and public sector clients support across a range of disciplines.
Prior to this role, Do Canto was Chief Executive Officer of The AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, where he led the organization’s strategic relationships and engagements with The Centers for Disease Control, The Health Resources and Services Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, national and global health organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to address HIV prevention, treatment, care and research for underserved communities. Before joining the private sector, Do Canto was the health policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Barney Frank and served in several stints in the office of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
“I am thrilled to work with the amazingly talented people of BCW,” said Do Canto. “It is an exciting and critical time of opportunity, uncertainty and challenge for healthcare nationally and globally. Few, if any, companies work harder, more consistently or with more effect than BCW, and none are better positioned than BCW to help organizations and communities drive, influence and shape the conversation and policy on the future of health and healthcare. I am very proud to join this team.”