Meet Families USA’s Leadership Team
Frederick Isasi was selected to be Families USA’s second-ever Executive Director in January 2017 because of his life-long commitment to achieving high-quality, affordable health care for all as well as his expertise in Medicaid and private health insurance, health equity, and payment and delivery reform.
Senior Advisor for Strategy and Children's Policy
Lisa Shapiro is Senior Advisor for Strategy and Children’s Policy at Families USA. Serving as senior advisor to the Executive Director, Lisa oversees strategy, policy, partner relationships, and organizational issues with the goal of advancing Families USA’s vision and increasing the impact of our work.
Senior Director of Development
Yasmin Abboud is the Senior Director of Development at Families USA. Yasmin has held senior fundraising positions at Planned Parenthood, Center for American Progress, and the Clinton Foundation. She has over 15 years of fundraising experience, including a strong background in building partnerships with national, state and local foundations focused on health care policy, advocacy, and education.
Chief of Staff
Senior Director of Health Policy
As Senior Director of Health Policy, Eliot Fishman leads Families USA’s policy analysis and advocacy agenda development at the state and federal levels, working with the policy department and other members of senior leadership. In this capacity, he leads Families USA’s analytical and policy development work regarding universal coverage, transformation of health care delivery and payment, and achieving equity in health care access and outcomes. He directs major initiatives defending Medicaid at the national and state level; seeking to leverage system transformation to drive health equity; and building a national coalition around fundamental reform of prescription drug policy.
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
Lisa Hunter is Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships. She is a committed leader in health policy and strategy, having spent nearly 15 years advocating for reforms and improvements to the U.S. health care system in both the public and private sectors.
Senior Director of Communications
Sara Lonardo is Families USA’s Senior Director of Communications. In her role, she advances and promotes the organization’s policy initiatives to ensure families have access to affordable, high-quality health and health care.
Lonardo previously served as Assistant Director of Communications for National Media at the Service Employees International Union. Her experience also includes nine years on Capitol Hill, serving as Communications Director for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and in multiple roles for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee under then-Chairman Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and the Education and Labor Committee under then-Chairman George Miller (D-CA). During her time on Capitol Hill, she was President of the Women’s Congressional Staff Association and continues as board chair of the Women’s Congressional Staff Foundation — which she co-founded.
Lonardo holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.
Senior Director of Federal Relations
Jennifer Taylor is the Senior Director of Federal Relations at Families USA, where she is responsible for developing and implementing legislative and regulatory strategy. In this role she engages with Administration officials and Members of Congress and their staff, as well as national partners and other key health care stakeholders, to achieve meaningful policy change.
Prior to joining the Families USA team, she served as Director of Federal Affairs at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), a national membership association representing the interests of the country’s 1,400 health centers and the people they serve. Prior to NACHC, Jennifer worked on Capitol Hill for six years, first as a Health Policy Fellow in the office of Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA- 24), and then as Senior Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01). Jennifer received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology & Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine.
Senior Director of Finance and Operations
Jon Olson is the Senior Director of Finance and Operations at Families USA. He serves as part of the organization’s leadership team and oversees the recently combined finance and operations staff.
Jon started at Families USA in 2017, coming from the National Governors Association where he had been Director, Grants and Contracts for the previous eight years. He has close to fifteen years of non-profit experience and another ten years in private industry.
Jon is a certified public accountant and has a B.S. and an M.S. in Accounting, both from George Mason University.