Patient Advocacy & Professional Relations @ Pfizer
Bachelor of Arts @
Mount Holyoke College
I am a Government Affairs/Patient Advocacy professional with over eighteen years of experience in healthcare advocacy and policy. I have held senior level managerial positions within the U.S. Government, Non-Profit and Pharmaceutical sectors, giving me a comprehensive perspective on healthcare issues and the needs of key stakeholders. Patient access to innovative therapies has been the consistent mission
I am a Government Affairs/Patient Advocacy professional with over eighteen years of experience in healthcare advocacy and policy. I have held senior level managerial positions within the U.S. Government, Non-Profit and Pharmaceutical sectors, giving me a comprehensive perspective on healthcare issues and the needs of key stakeholders. Patient access to innovative therapies has been the consistent mission in my career.
Director, Patient Advocacy @ Global Advocacy Director responsible for developing and executing advocacy plan with affiliates for Ex-US launch of a multiple myeloma treatment. Direct and manage US based advocacy activities in multiple myeloma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I work with the patient advocacy community in US and abroad to support educational and assistance programs for patients and caregivers. Internally, I work with clinical, sales, marketing and access leadership to ensure advocates' viewpoints, guidance and expertise are understood and incorporated into all levels of company decision-making and programs impacting patients. From November 2014 to November 2015 (1 year 1 month) Government Affairs and Advocacy @ Relocated to Switzerland temporarily for spouse's project in Basel, Switzerland for Roche. Returned to Bay area July 2014. From December 2012 to November 2014 (2 years) Director Government Affairs Public Policy and Reimbursement @ Developed the company’s position and strategy on U.S. public policy issues impacting research, development and access for medicines that treat unmet medical needs.
Led oncology, immunology and ophthalmology public policy & reimbursement team.
Analyzed public payer activities and trends, including coverage, coding, and payment policies at the national level.
Advised commercial leadership on federal policy changes and their potential impact to the business in order to help shape proactive strategies minimizing negative effects or maximizing opportunities. From 2008 to 2012 (4 years) Senior Manager Public Affairs and Advocacy Relations @ Managed non-profit advocacy grant process, strategic plan, philosophy, budget (+ $6 million) and implementation.
Represented Genentech in public forums on key health policy issues of importance to oncology advocates and the biotechnology industry.
Led outreach plan on access issues for oncology patients to ensure that patients are aware of free drug and patient assistance programs.
Managed the coordination of a standing panel of advocates on access issues.
Collaborated with oncology advocates to understand and assess patient challenges and shape policy changes within Genentech and the broader biotechnology industry to address those needs. From 2008 to 2010 (2 years) Manager Healthcare Policy and Access; Federal Affairs; Patient Advocacy @ Manager, Healthcare Policy and Access (2005-2007)
Provided strategic guidance to company leadership on Medicare / Medicaid reimbursement and related federal government actions in pharmaceuticals / biotechnology.
Manager, Federal Affairs (2002-2005)
Crafted and implemented government affairs strategy for operating companies specializing in oncology supportive care and biotechnology products for immunological disorders.
Represented Johnson & Johnson in industry trade associations and coalitions including the Pharmaceutical, Research and Manufacturers’ Association (PhRMA) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Awarded the Johnson & Johnson Standards of Leadership Award in 2003 and 2005.
Manager, Patient Advocacy (2001-2002)
Led the company’s partnerships with nonprofit oncology patient advocacy organizations and healthcare coalitions. From 2001 to 2007 (6 years) Legislative Director and Counsel, The Hon. Rosa DeLauro @ Served as primary legislative advisor to Member of Congress from Connecticut
Provided research and proposals on all facets of representation
Primary staffer to Representative on Appropriations Committee. Specific focus on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.
Drafted speeches, press releases, legislation.
Managed legislative staff of ten.
Worked with Constituents, advocacy groups and industry representatives to shape legislation and advise Congress. From 1999 to 2001 (2 years) Director Government Relations @ Led Government Affairs strategy for a non-profit patient advocacy organization representing 30,000 urology patients.
Successfully developed and achieved policy goals, securing federal funding for medical research. From 1998 to 1999 (1 year) Congressional Fellow/Legislative Assistant, The Hon. Anna G. Eshoo @ Advised Member of Congress on general legal/judiciary, healthcare, and women’s issues.
Served as lead staff member on all health issues before the House Commerce Committee.
Crafted legislation and directed the advocacy effort mandating insurance coverage for reconstructive surgery for breast cancer patients. From 1996 to 1997 (1 year)
JD, Law @ University of Southern California Law School From 1995 to 1998 Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Politics @ Mount Holyoke College From 1990 to 1994
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