Alliance Staff

Sarah J. Dash, MPH

President and CEO

Sarah is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an excecutive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.

Twitter: @SarahJDash
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Kelly J. Appenzeller

Director of External Affairs

Kelly is the director of external affairs at the Alliance for Health Policy. She oversees the Alliance’s development efforts, strategic partnerships and communications. She works closely with the President & CEO, advising on stakeholder engagement initiatives and congressional relationships. As Director, Kelly manages annual revenue for the Alliance and is instrumental in new business development and corporate partnerships. Kelly joined the Alliance in 2015 and served as congressional events and outreach manager before becoming assistant director of external affairs in June 2017. Before the Alliance, Kelly worked in communications and development, beginning her career in public relations on Capitol Hill in the press shop for a New York representative and working as a summer associate for Curley Company, a Washington D.C. public relations firm. Kelly holds a bachelor of arts in history and government from St. Lawrence University.

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David Elliott

Vice President of Finance and Operations

David is vice president of finance and operations at the Alliance for Health Policy. He manages financial planning, budgeting, and strategy for the Alliance and ensures the seamless day-to-day management of the organization.  He serves as primary organizational contact for all grant and contract finances, supports all grant applications and financial reporting of grants, and ensures timely and accurate reporting to funders as well as effective management and compliance with respect to the use of grant dollars. David has nine years of nonprofit management experience including overseeing organizational planning, budgeting, accounting, information technology, regulatory compliance, human resources, special projects, and vendor negotiations and management, as well as grant proposals and reports. Prior to joining the Alliance in April 2019, he served as COO for the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and its 501(c)4 sister organization, NIAC Action. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a business administration minor from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.

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Katherine Farrell

Program Assistant

Katherine is the program assistant at the Alliance for Health Policy. Katherine is responsible for managing speakers, preparing event materials, and ensuring programming is running smoothly for the policy team. Prior to joining the Alliance, she worked as a health policy intern for the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Katherine received a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina.

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Rena Hernandez

Manager of Finance and Operations

Rena Hernandez is the manager of finance and operations at the Alliance for Health Policy. Rena supports the entire organization by overseeing logistics and operations for the Alliance, including invoicing, office procedures, and official records. Rena joined the Alliance in February 2017 as the office manager. Prior to the Alliance, Rena worked as a field organizer for political campaigns in Ohio, where she trained and supervised campaign volunteers and coordinated voter education activities. Rena attended Loyola University New Orleans.

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Kathryn B. Martucci, MPH

Director of Policy and Programs

Kathryn is the director of policy and programs at the Alliance for Health Policy. Kathryn leads the policy team and oversees the production of high-quality, timely, informative briefings and materials. Previously, Kathryn served as the assistant director of policy and programs. Kathryn joined the Alliance in January 2018 as a senior health policy analyst with eight years of experience in the health care industry. Her previous experience includes working as the senior health policy analyst and associate director of operations for the Advisory Board Company. Applying her passion for public health and health policy research in diverse environments, Kathryn also spent time working as a health policy fellow in the D.C. Office of Senator Chris Murphy. Kathryn holds a master’s degree in public health from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology from Cornell University.

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Jill O’Brien

Health Policy Analyst

Jill is the health policy analyst at the Alliance for Health Policy. Jill plays a key role in developing programming that is balanced, informative, and relevant to our audience. Before joining the Alliance in January 2018 as a program assistant, Jill worked as a Legislative and Health Policy Intern for Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC. She has also held positions as a policy intern for the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking and as a Public Service Summer Fellow with Lancaster General Health-Penn Medicine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Franklin and Marshall College.

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Shelby Rogers

External Affairs Associate

Shelby is the external affairs associate for the Alliance for Health Policy.  Shelby plays an essential role in the external affairs department in assisting the Director with handling event logistics, assisting with congressional and stakeholder outreach, and serving as the main scheduling contact for the President and CEO. Before joining the Alliance in February 2019, Shelby worked as the finance and fundraising director for Senator Jeremy Ring in Florida, Senator Erica Smith in North Carolina, and other races across the country. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

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Alex Soltany

Health Policy Communications and Research Fellow

Alex is the communications and research fellow at the Alliance for Health Policy. Alex bridges the work of our policy and external affairs teams through legislative tracking, research and writing, congressional outreach, and stakeholder engagement. Before joining the Alliance in February 2019 as a health policy intern, he was a fellow in the Health Policy Office of the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Interested in the intersection of health policy and clinical medicine, Alex has also worked as an emergency department medical scribe at Sibley Memorial Hospital and volunteered at the Mwandi Mission Hospital in rural southwest Zambia. He graduated as a John Montgomery Belk Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in middle eastern studies from Davidson College.

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