Alliance Staff

Sarah J. Dash

President and CEO
Sarah joined the Alliance in April 2014 as vice president for policy. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute in the Center on Health Insurance Reforms. She has also served as a senior health policy aide on Capitol Hill. She received her master’s degree in public health from Yale University and a bachelor of science from MIT. 202-789-2300

Kelly J. Appenzeller

Assistant Director of External Affairs
Kelly joined the Alliance in 2015 working on congressional communications and event planning for the organization. Today, her work at the Alliance focuses on development, stakeholder management, congressional outreach, and event execution. Her experiences before the Alliance range from K Street public relations to a press shop on Capitol Hill.  Kelly has a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. 202-789-2300

Anastasia Dent

Chief Operating Officer
Anastasia joined the Alliance in November 2010. She previously worked at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and has a background in non-profit development, fund raising, and event management. She received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University. 202-789-2300

Rena Hernandez

Office Manager
Before joining 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 studied at Loyola University in New Orleans. 202-789-2300

Jared Perkins

Health Policy Associate
Before joining the Alliance, Jared was a casework manager and regional representative in the Northern Nevada office of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) where he worked on a health care, social security and education portfolio. He graduated with his master’s in public policy and administration from Northwestern University in 2016 and received his B.A .in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno. 202-789-2300

Jennifer Sullivan

Director of Policy and Programs
Before joining the Alliance, Jennifer was vice president of programs at Enroll America, where she built and managed a team of policy experts and was a core member of the organization’s leadership. Prior to that, Jennifer worked at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she helped develop insurance eligibility and enrollment regulations and provided technical assistance to state governments. Jennifer has a master of health science degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a B.A. in sociology from Kalamazoo College. 202-789-2300