Manager, Government Relations and Public Policy
I’d like to introduce myself as the Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy for CHCACT. I manage our legislative policy agenda, as well as administer the grant program for our Certified Application Counselors.
Prior to joining CHCACT, I worked with a public affairs consulting firm whose largest client was Access Health Connecticut. Our team planned and executed their community outreach plan for the 2018 Open Enrollment period.
I have spent most of my career advocating for the advancement of progressive public policy.
I worked in the Connecticut General Assembly from 2014-2018 as clerk of the Banking Committee and legislative aide to then-Rep. Matthew Lesser. Our office crafted the first-in-the nation Student Loan Bill of Rights, and we also worked on many other important pieces of pro-consumer legislation, including protecting Connecticut’s Foreclosure Mediation Program, imposing regulations to end discriminatory lending practices, and protecting the financial interests of teachers and nonprofit employees by requiring fiduciary responsibility for 403(b) advisors. In 2017, we worked with a powerful local advocate to pass Melissa’s law, which requires insurance to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients.
I hold a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy from American University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. I completed my Master’s Practicum working with the American Institutes for Research on implementing a key provision of the 21st Century Cures Act to establish better mental health services and facilities on college and university campuses. I also completed course work in public budgeting, organizational management and leadership, project management, and complex problem solving.
I had my first introduction to working in public health when I worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer with St. Francis Hospital’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Treatment and Prevention Program. In this role, I helped the clinic better understand the patient population by creating a database of clinic patients and visits. This project helped us pinpoint trends and outliers and demonstrate the effectiveness of several grants that the clinic was managing.
I am very excited to be with CHCACT and to advocate for public policy on behalf of our health centers and our patients.
In my free time, I enjoy doing anything outside. My husband and I have completed the DEEP Connecticut hiking challenge for the last two years in a row, and I’ve also run the Hartford, Chicago, Maine Coast, and San Francisco marathons. Marathon running makes me hungry, so I’m also an avid baker.