Meet Families USA’s staff
Yasmin Abboud (she/her)
Senior Director, Development
Yasmin Abboud leads Families USA’s Development team. Over the past twenty years, Abboud has cultivated and stewarded partnerships with national, state and local foundations, philanthropists, and investors focused on health care policy, advocacy and education. Prior to Families USA, Abboud was Vice President of Development at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Her background lies in directing development strategies that result in both unique and enduring partnerships as well as sustained revenue over the long term. Abboud has also held leadership positions at the National Democratic Institute, Center for American Progress and the Clinton Foundation. She has a BA from Boston College and a MS from New York University.
Ben Anderson (he/him)
Director, Maternal and Child Health Initiatives
Ben Anderson leads Families USA’s efforts to improve maternal and child health. Anderson comes to Families USA from the Children’s Defense Fund in New York. While there, he developed and managed the organization’s economic mobility and health policy portfolios, including leading coalitions and maintaining relationships with policymakers. Before that, he worked as policy analyst with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, where he managed their rule-making process. Anderson holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University and a JD from Boston University School of Law.
Susan Axleroad (she/her)
Director, Grants Management
Susan Axleroad has been with Families USA for 20 years. After beginning her career in health policy at the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation and the National Health Policy Forum, she changed her focus to performing arts, working with arts organizations in New York, London, and eventually Washington DC, where she joined Arena Stage in 1993. At Arena Stage she worked in development, managing – at various times – Arena’s foundation, government grants, corporate giving and major gifts programs, and later directed the theater’s audience engagement programs. Axelroad has a BA in Cultural Anthropology and an MA in Urban Studies from Temple University.
Adam Axler (he/him)
Senior Policy Analyst
Adam Axler works primarily on health care value, the quality and expense of people’s care. Prior to joining Families USA, Axler served as health and education policy advisor to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), where he advised the senator on fighting the opioid overdose crisis and supporting Alzheimer’s disease research. Prior to Senator Markey’s office, Axler worked as an Associate in the Health Care practice of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and as a health legislative assistant for Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA). He holds a JD from New York University School of Law and an AB from Brown University.
Chantez Bailey advises on integrated communications strategies, building effective messaging, and works closely with Families USA topic experts to identify their newsworthy content. Previously, she served as senior communications director for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), an organization that provides matching services for healthcare professionals. Bailey’s interest in communications led her to pursue a journalism degree. She quickly learned that impact-driven work with strategic communication and outreach efforts was really her niche. She holds a BA in English Arts and Literature, Journalism.
Visiting Scholar & Senior Advisor for Value Initiatives
Melissa Burroughs (she/her)
Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships
Melissa Burroughs develops advocacy campaigns and deep partnerships with national, state, local stakeholders to advance high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. As part of this work, Melissa leads Families USA’s Oral Health for All campaign to improve oral health coverage and access. She also has deep expertise in state-level policy change, particularly on Medicaid issues and vaccine equity. Melissa graduated from Duke University with a BA in public policy, focusing on health and social policies.
Justin Charles (he/him)
Digital Media Associate
Justin Charles manages all of Families USA’s social media accounts, produces and edits video content, serves as Families USA’s website manager, and analyzes ongoing metrics and trends to make strategic recommendations. A graduate of Howard University, he has over 10 years of experience in the editing, broadcasting, and production of television, radio, social and web-based media.
Chelsea Dade (she/her)
Strategic Partnerships Campaign Manager
Chelsea Dade works on creating and managing engaging and effective advocacy campaigns at Families USA. She has worked on local and national campaigns, building an engaged volunteer base, supporting data management, organizing events and canvassing. Prior to this position, Dade worked as Community Engagement Manager at KFF, identifying engagement and outreach opportunities for a public information response to COVID-19 for communities hardest hit by the pandemic. She was previously a fellow in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Claudia L. McKoin Public Service Leadership Training Academy, where she trained with a cohort of women of color in DC to design effective advocacy communications and campaign strategy. Dade holds a BA in Psychology and a Public Health minor from the College of William and Mary, and an MS in Health Communication from Northwestern University.
Leona Darden (she/her)
Human Resource Associate
Leona Darden supports on all HR activities for Families USA, including employee relations, benefits administration and recruitment. She previously worked with Cyber Security & Infrastructure Security Agency as their People Program Coordinator. Her experience includes training and development, drafting HR communications, and implementing and supporting HR initiatives that create positive company culture. Darden has a BA in Communications Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is working toward a Certificate in Associate Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resource Certification Institute.
Nichole Edralin (she/her)
Associate Director, Design and Publications
Nichole Edralin is responsible for the visual brand of Families USA. She art directs, designs, and project manages the production of Families USA’s marketing, policy, and event collateral (for both print and digital). Edralin has a BFA in Visual Communications: Digital Design from American InterContinental University and a BA in Art Studio: Drawing concentration; Psychology minor from the University of Kentucky.
Cheryl Fish-Parcham (she/her)
Director, Access Initiatives
Cheryl Fish-Parcham focuses on policies that would improve access to coverage and care, including those related to oral health and behavioral health services. Fish-Parcham serves on advisory committees to the DC Department of Insurance and the DC Health Care Ombudsman. She has previously served as Families USA’s Associate Director of Health Policy and helped establish the Health Assistance Partnership (HAP), a national support center for consumer health assistance programs. Earlier in her career, Fish-Parcham worked as an advocate at AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly and served as an advocate, administrator, and social worker for several community organizations. Fish-Parcham holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MSW from Howard University.
Eliot Fishman (he/him)
Senior Director, 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. Prior to joining Families USA, he served at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2013 to 2017. In that role, he led the federal government’s work with states on Medicaid waivers and federal policy, on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicaid and CHIP quality measurement, eligibility, and enrollment. Prior to his work at CMS, Fishman served as Director of the Office of Policy in the New Jersey Department of Health, where he directed a large, complex portfolio including the Center for Health Statistics, Institutional Review Board, and the Office of Healthcare Quality Assessment. Fishman received his BA from Harvard College and his PhD from Yale University.
Garrett Hall (he/him)
Garrett Hall provides policy analysis and research to advance Medicaid coverage and access and health equity. Prior to joining Families USA, Hall worked at the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), a California health policy organization, where he centered the uninsured, Medi-Cal and health equity in the organization’s efforts to convene stakeholders from across the state. Prior to ITUP, Hall completed a thesis predicting the potential impact of Medicaid work requirements on African-Americans using a welfare reform analysis. Hall’s interest in policy and access to care originated while managing one of the University of California Davis’ student-run clinics for the unhoused population of Sacramento. Hall has an MPH from Touro University California, an MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and a BS from UC Davis.
Kasey Hampton (she/her)
Senior Manager, Storytelling and Engagement Communications
Kasey Hampton joined Families USA after serving as Press Secretary to Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), one of the Senate’s leading health care champions. Previously, Hampton worked on Protect Our Care’s 2017 campaign to defend against efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including by highlighting the stories of millions of Americans who rely on the ACA for quality health insurance coverage. She also worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and for organizations in the private sector, specializing in health care. At HHS, she supported the Office of Public Affairs on various Department initiatives ranging from the 2016 Zika outbreak to ACA Open Enrollment. Hampton holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Bucknell University.
Kevin Han (he/him)
Strategic Partnerships Associate
Kevin Han works on enhancing Families USA’s relationships with state and national partner organizations. Prior to working at Families USA, Han worked as a health navigator for Hamkae Center, where he helped enroll clients in affordable health coverage, and built strategic partnerships with community health organizations and providers. Then-Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Han to Virginia’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Board, on which he still serves. He interned for Flag Media Analytics and the Department of State, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Foreign Affairs.
Matt Hess (he/him)
Strategic Partnerships Campaign Manager
Matthew Hess supports projects and manages coalitions to advance policy changes that advance improved health for all, including addressing high prescription drug costs and surprise medical bills, ensuring hospital price transparency, and promoting high-value health care. Prior to joining Families USA, Hess worked on numerous campaigns at the congressional, gubernatorial and presidential levels. Most recently, he served on the Biden-Harris campaign in Michigan, where he managed and trained volunteers and expanded the campaign’s digital footprint. Prior to his time on the Biden-Harris campaign, he was a Senior Associate at Waxman Strategies, where he worked on federal drug pricing reform and provided technical assistance, coalition support, and research and analysis. Hess holds a BS in Biology from Syracuse University.
Lisa Holland (she/her)
Senior Communications Manager
Lisa Holland is responsible for helping to shape the organization’s strategic media and communications strategy and working across departments to raise its profile among the media and key stakeholders. Prior to joining Families USA, Holland served for 12 years as the Director of Communications for the Community Action Partnership, a national nonprofit association whose member agencies help vulnerable individuals and families achieve economic independence. She has also been a marketing and public relations consultant for a number of associations and businesses focused on health, science and the environment. Holland’s expertise includes writing, media relations, digital marketing and social media. She holds a BA in English from the University of Delaware, a public relations certificate from the George Washington University School of Professional Development and digital marketing certificates from the American Marketing Association.
Sonia Huh is responsible for coordinating across the organization and assists the executive team with any special projects. Prior to joining Families USA, Huh worked for several nonprofits such as Heifer Project International, ActionAid USA, and AIDS United, and several embassies and public charter schools. She is passionate about helping others and being part of organizations that not only work to bring light to adversities, but actually do the work to alleviate those adversities. Huh proudly hails from Sierra Leone, West Africa, and hopes to one day go back to use all the skills, techniques, and knowledge she has acquired from working in organizations such as Families USA.
Frederick Isasi (he/him)
Frederick Isasi (Pronunciation: ee-saa-cee)
Frederick Isasi, JD, MPH, is executive director of Families USA (FUSA), one of the nation’s leading nonpartisan, nonprofit health care advocacy organizations established to ensure that the best health and health care is equally accessible and affordable to all.
A national thought-leader and subject matter expert on the social issues and solutions related to driving value and equity into health care and providing high-quality coverage, Isasi draws on decades of experience in the health care industry, public policy, and law. In doing so, he advances a pragmatic and intersectional policy agenda for achieving better health at lower costs and reducing systemic inequities in the American health system.
Under Isasi’s leadership, FUSA advocates for issues such as fair drug pricing, racial equity, maternal and child health, and ending surprise medical bills. He also works to strengthen and protect policies such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Oral Health for All.
Isasi founded FUSA’s National Center for Coverage Innovation to help state and federal policymakers and consumer leaders develop and implement pragmatic, nonpartisan approaches to expand and improve health care coverage. He also founded and directs FUSA’s Center on Health Equity Action for System Transformation, the only national entity exclusively dedicated to developing and advancing patient-centered health system transformation policies designed to reduce racial, ethnic, and geographic inequities.
Isasi’s work and experience flow from his life-long commitment to achieving high-quality, affordable health care for all. That passion stems from growing up in North Carolina as the son of Cuban immigrants. He saw first-hand the health care barriers families in poverty, people of color, people with language barriers, and rural communities generally experienced.
Isasi’s passion for change drove his extensive academic accomplishments. He was a Powers-Knapp Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a BS in Cellular Biology. He earned a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina and was inducted into both the Delta Omega and the Frank Porter Graham honor societies. He obtained a JD from the Duke University School of Law, where he was a Pamela B. Gann Scholar and a staff editor of the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy.
After receiving his Masters in Public Health, Isasi worked as a senior policy advisor at the District of Columbia Primary Care Association, working on issues such as the Master Tobacco Settlements and Medicaid reimbursement. After law school, Frederick joined the international law firm Powell Goldstein (now called Bryan Cave LLP) as a health care attorney with a practice that focused on representing public hospitals and health systems, immigrant health care issues, and state Medicaid programs.
Isasi then joined New Mexico Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s staff, serving as senior legislative counsel for health care to the Senate Finance Committee and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Isasi was Senator Bingaman’s principal negotiator throughout closed-door, bipartisan negotiations on the Affordable Care Act. He was also the Senator’s advisor and chief negotiator for the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009. And he directed Bingaman’s efforts to address Medicare and health care challenges systematically caused by low-income, cultural and racial disparities.
Upon leaving his Senate position, Isasi became vice president for health policy at the Advisory Board Company, a leading international organization that advises 3,100 hospitals, health systems, provider groups, and payers. He founded its health Policy Department. Under Isasi’s leadership, the company leveraged the power of health system data and developed evidence-based policy solutions for modern health care challenges. He also bolstered the company’s work with policymakers in Congress, the Obama Administration, and the states to improve health care transformation efforts across the nation.
After leaving the Advisory Board, Isasi led the health division at the bipartisan National Governors Association’s (NGA) Center for Best Practices. He worked directly with governors of both parties and served as the organization’s national voice on health care delivery and payment reform, improving Medicaid and health exchange planning and oversight. He also directed technical assistance for states as they navigated changes to their health care systems due to national policy shifts.
Isasi frequently testifies on health policy issues in both the Senate and House of Representatives. His public, private, and advocacy work gives Isasi deep expertise in Medicaid, Medicare, private health insurance, health equity, payment, and delivery reform, and the social determinants of health as they intersect with health care quality and payment and equity issues. A skilled communicator able to explain complex issues clearly, he is a sought-after national speaker on health care affordability issues, Medicaid, state health care innovation, health system transformation, and behavioral health.
Isasi has served on a myriad of panels and boards at institutions such as the National Academy of Medicine, the Brookings Institution, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Duke University’s Margolis Center for Health Policy, Catalyst for Payment Reform, the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network and Bipartisan Policy Center. Isasi has served as a guest lecturer at some of the nation’s most prominent graduate schools including those at Harvard, Duke, George Washington and American Universities. He is regularly featured in national outlets, including The New York Times, NBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
A Cuban-American, Isasi is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and resides in Washington, D.C.
Jewel Jones (she/her)
Jewel has worked with Families USA for over 20 years. Jones started off as a temporary receptionist and throughout her years has held several different roles including Administrative Assistant, Office Manager and now Operations Manager. Upon her arrival to DC in 1995, she worked at Lawson’s Gourmet as a Barista and was quickly promoted to Assistant Manager. Prior to moving to DC, Jones worked as a licensed practical nurse for 10 years at Kings Park Psychiatric Center. Jones earned her nursing license from Suffolk County Community College, NY and has received certification in Accounting 1 & 2 from Prince George Community College.
Arielle Kane (she/her)
Director, Medicaid Initiatives
Arielle Kane leads all of Families USA’s work related to Medicaid. Before working at Families, Kane was the director of health care policy at the Progressive Policy Institute. While there, she wrote policy content and opinion pieces on Medicaid, health care innovation, maternal health and health care cost issues. She also worked partner organizations and policymakers as a technical expert on various health policy proposals. Previously, Kane was a health care adviser for the Bloomberg 2020 campaign, worked at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, and worked in state politics in Oregon. She holds a BS in political science from the University of Oregon, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and serves as a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University.
Colethea Kornegay works closely with the Senior Director of Finance and Operations and the Accounting Manager to assist with the day-to-day accounting operations, including GL accounting, journal entry preparation, and regular financial statement preparation. She is chiefly responsible for monitoring and financial reporting on the various grants received by Families USA. Kornegay holds a BS in Accounting and an MS in Accounting and Financial Management, both from the University of Maryland.
Barbara Klose (she/her)
Senior Accounting Manager
Barbara Klose helps manage the day-to-day accounting operations, including the development and maintenance of internal accounting policies and monitoring emerging technologies to promote efficiencies in the department. She manages the accounts payable/payroll/cash management processes and is the staff liaison for all finance systems. Klose started her career at Families USA in 1993, initially working in the Development department. She was responsible for researching funders and day-to-day management of the in-house direct mail program, including list selection, development of mail plan, production and analysis. Prior to joining Families USA, Klose worked for a local real estate developer, overseeing all aspects of accounting for various real estate projects, including monthly financial reports to partners and payroll for over 50 employees. Klose received her BA in Sociology from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD.
Natasha Kumar (she/her)
Natasha Kumar provides critical analysis and strategy on key issues such as surprise billing, community health worker policy (CHWs), private insurance coverage, health equity, health systems transformation, and maternal and child health. Before coming to Families USA, Kumar served as a Health Policy Fellow for Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), where she worked on a wide range of health issues including telehealth, prescription drug costs, mental health, surprise billing and special disease groups. Prior to that, Kumar worked for Nemours Children’s Health System as a Health Policy Intern, where she provided support to the policy team on research regarding social determinants of health, telehealth, and alternative payment models. Kumar has a BS from The Ohio State University and a MPH with a concentration in Health Policy from The George Washington University.
Yael Lehmann (She/Her)
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
Yael Lehmann is responsible for developing and executing strategies that further engage national, state and local partners in all sectors to create a country where the best health and health care are equally available to everyone. Before joining Families USA, Lehmann was a consultant, supporting nonprofits with all aspects of fundraising and partnerships strategies. Lehmann previously served as the Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region for the Common Market. In that role, she led a team that provided more than one million free produce boxes sourced from local farms to hungry families during the pandemic. Prior to that, Lehmann was the President & CEO of The Food Trust, where she provided strategic leadership, executed the agency’s mission and successfully advocated for the creation of the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). She holds a B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Staci Lofton (She/Her)
Senior Director, Health Equity
Staci Lofton is a public health leader with 17 years’ experience fighting to make our health care system work for people regardless of their race, gender or where they live, at local, state and national levels. Before joining Families USA, Lofton worked at Harris County Public Health in Texas, addressing inequality in health and the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously served as a Public Health Adviser and Health Scientist at the CDC, from 2004-2012, where she oversaw 12 national, state and local public health programs. She is passionate about fighting to fix our health care system through strategy, policy, and partnership development so it can provide everyone high quality care, regardless of their race, gender, or where they live. Lofton holds an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences: Urbanism and the Built Environment from Columbia University, and a JD in Health Law and Ethics from the University of Houston.
Sara Lonardo (she/her)
Senior Director, Communications
Sara Lonardo 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 currently serves as board chair of the Women’s Congressional Staff Foundation, which she co-founded. Lonardo holds a BA in Public Policy with a focus in welfare and poverty studies from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.
Hazel Law (she/her)
Health Policy Coordinator
Hazel Law assists the policy team across all of their work. Prior to joining Families USA, Law was a research and communications intern with Applied Policy. There, she assisted with research, editing, proofreading and formatting reports, and attended federal hearings for her team. She previously served a contact tracer during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic with Partners in Health, connecting patients with resources and supporting those experiencing mental and physical hardships. Law holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Mackenzie Marshall (she/her)
Federal Relations Associate
Mackenzie “Kenzie” Marshall helps implement the organization’s work with federal policymakers and key national partners on all of Families USA’s program areas. Prior to joining Families USA, Marshall served as a Legislative Correspondent on Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.)’s health policy team. Previously, she worked in Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)’s personal office, and interned for the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. Before she started working on Capitol Hill, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Marshall holds a BA in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at George Washington University.
Adina Marx (she/her)
Adina Marx works on communications strategy and coordination, and acts as backup to her whole team. In her role, she has assisted in the planning of events, designed systems to keep the communications team informed and working cohesively, and recommended consumers to share their stories with Capitol Hill and to media. Before working at Families USA, Marx was a communications intern with Women Thrive Alliance, an international network of over 300 feminist grassroots organizations. She holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and International Studies from American University.
Jude McCartin (she/her)
Chief of Staff
Jude McCartin is responsible for executing on organizational goals in collaboration with staff and for the day-to-day management of Families USA. Prior to her work at Families USA, McCartin was the Associate Director of Federal Relations at the University of California, where she worked to raise the profile of UC’s Supreme Court DACA case and served on the Anti-Racist Task Force charged with advising the university president on recruiting, hiring and retaining a diverse staff. Before working at UC, McCartin was the Legislative Director to senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM). She began her career as a reporter before holding multiple communications roles in then-Senator Jeff Bingaman’s office. McCartin holds a BA in American History from SUNY Binghamton, and an MA in Journalism from Syracuse University.
Claire Moore (she/her)
Events & Operations Associate
Claire Moore manages the logistics for meetings and events, serves on the Health Action Conference team, and provides operational support across the organization. Before entering this role, Moore interned at La Clínica del Pueblo and Community Clinic, Inc, researching prevalent health issues that affect Black and Brown people in the Washington, D.C. area and helping patients access care in English and Spanish. Recognizing food insecurity on her college campus, Moore founded and secured funding for a free meal program that provided three meals a day to over 250 during spring break. This program is now institutionally funded and has continued operating after Moore’s graduation. Moore received a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Chicago in 2018.
Jon Olson (he/him)
Senior Director, Finance & Operations
Jon Olson oversees the recently combined finance and operations staff. Olson 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. Olson is a certified public accountant and has a BS and an MS in Accounting, both from George Mason University.
Mike Persley (he/him)
Strategic Partnerships Campaign Manager
Mike Persley is a dedicated organizer and advocate on the Strategic Partnerships team at Families USA. Prior to joining Families USA, Persley was a Redistricting Organizer with the League of Women Voters, where he assisted with volunteer recruitment, mobilization, and campaign and leadership development. He also served as an organizer for SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, where he helped union membership grow at five different facilities, and helped the second largest bargaining unit in the state earn better wages and benefits. Persley holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MA in Journalism from the University of Maryland.
Aaron Plotke (He/Him)
Senior Policy Analyst
Aaron Plotke provides policy and data analysis on key issues such as Medicaid, prescription drug prices, and health equity for the policy team. Prior to joining Families USA, Plotke worked as a social science research analyst at the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services in New York. While there, he conducted national evaluations of Medicare, Medicaid and public health and human service programs. Before that, he was a public health advisor with the Columbia Law School Health Justice Advocacy Clinic, researching lead poisoning in public and publicly assisted housing and creating content to effectively advocate for public health policy change in Congress. Plotke holds a BS and a BA from the University of Connecticut in nutritional sciences and health policy, and a MPH from Columbia University in sociomedical science and health policy.
Bailey Reavis (she/her)
Federal Relations Manager
Bailey Reavis helps implement the organization’s work with federal policymakers and key national partners on all of Families USA’s program areas. Prior to joining Families USA, Reavis worked at Voices for Progress, an organization focused on protecting our climate, strengthening our democracy, and ensuring economic and social justice for all. There she worked with members to advocate on a diverse portfolio of issues, including protecting and expanding the Affordable Care Act. Reavis holds a BA in political science from University of Colorado at Boulder.
Lauren Rosenbaum (she/her)
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Lauren Rosenbaum works to grow relationships with national, state, local and industry-level partners to deliver on Families USA’s mission of achieving high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. Prior to joining Families USA, she managed U.S. external affairs for the Accion, advocating for expanded access to capital for underserved communities and an end to predatory lending practices targeting small business owners. Prior to her role at Accion, Rosenbaum worked for a health care management consulting firm, Atlas Research, and a strategic communications firm, GMMB, focusing on initiatives such as expanding access to health insurance for low- and moderate-income families, improving the veterans’ health care system and reducing chronic homelessness. Rosenbaum’s background also includes working as a field organizer for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. She holds a MS in Health Policy from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
Lisa Shapiro (she/her)
Senior Advisor for Strategy and Children's Policy
Lisa Shapiro oversees strategy, policy, partner relationships and organizational issues for Families USA. She also applies her experience as a child advocate and policy expert to bolster Families’ engagement on maternal and child health issues, with a focus on efforts to improve health care quality, coverage, and outcomes for children and families. Before Families USA, Shapiro spent more than a decade as Vice President for Health Policy and was a founding member of the leadership team at First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization focused on improving public policy for low-income children. Shapiro also served as a congressional fellow for Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), where she worked on the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee on a broad range of health issues.
Jane Sheehan (she/her)
Director, Federal Relations
Jane Sheehan helps implement the organization’s work with federal policymakers and key national partners on all of Families USA’s program areas. She leads the organization’s work to enact consumer protections from surprise medical bills, manages several national stakeholder coalitions, and directs legislative and administrative strategies on health care value issues. Prior to joining Families USA, Sheehan worked on the legislative staff of then-Representative Ed Pastor (D-AZ), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, advising him on a variety of domestic policy issues. Sheehan holds a BA in political science from Marist College.
Gillian Shurland (she/her)
Senior Director, Talent and Happiness
Gillian Shurland has more than 15 years of HR experience working with senior leadership teams. Shurland uses her positive attitude to engage and work with staff daily evaluating operations and identifying areas for continuous improvement. She graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom with a MA in International Relations and has a BS from New York University in Political Science. She has a professional certificate in Human Resource Studies from Cornell University and certified credentials from SHRM-SCP and SPHR. Shurland is originally from Trinidad & Tobago and has lived in the U.S. for over 25 years.
Jen Taylor (she/her)
Senior Director, Federal Relations
Jen Taylor is responsible for developing and implementing federal legislative and regulatory strategies. Taylor engages with administration officials and Members of Congress and their staff, as well as national partners and other key health care stakeholders. Prior to joining Families USA, 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. Taylor previously worked on Capitol Hill for six years, first as a Health Policy Fellow in the office of Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA), and then as Senior Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME). Taylor 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.
Sophia Tripoli (she/her)
Director, Health Care Innovation
Sophia Tripoli leads Families USA’s work on value initiatives that focus on re-orienting the health care system to deliver health, lowering health care costs, and on forwarding consumer-focused policy agendas to improve health care delivery and payment systems. Tripoli represents Families USA as Co-Chair of the Public Policy Work Group for the Health Care Transformation Task Force, on the National Advisory Committee for the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, and on the National Quality Forum’s Cost and Efficiency Standing Committee. Tripoli previously worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), State Innovation, and at the National Governors Association. Tripoli holds an MPH and a BA in international affairs with a concentration in global public health, both from The George Washington University.
Ariel Vasser (she/her)
Manager, Events and Partner Mobilization
Ariel Vasser is responsible for Families USA’s events strategy and planning. She joins Families USA from Civic Nation, where she served as the digital organizing associate with the Made to Save campaign. She created the #VaxAmbassador program, establishing a training curriculum, drafting scripts and other resources, and coordinating outreach to recruit, train
, and manage over nine hundred volunteers. Prior to Civic Nation, Vasser worked with the Florida Democratic Party on the Biden campaign as a regional distributed organizing manager, leading their texting efforts, and as a twitter digital organizer. She holds a BA in Psychology from Washington University of St. Louis.