Alliance Staff

Sarah J. Dash

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 Yale School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and literature from MIT.

Twitter: @SarahJDash 202-789-2300

Kelly J. Appenzeller

Assistant Director of External Affairs

Kelly is the assistant director of external affairs at the Alliance for Health Policy. She oversees the Alliance’s communications and works closely with the leadership team on development, stakeholder engagement, congressional outreach, and special events execution. 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.- based public relations firm. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and government from St. Lawrence University. 202-789-2300

Anastasia Dent

Chief Operating Officer

Anastasia Dent is the chief operating officer at the Alliance for Health Policy.  Ms. Dent reports to the president and serves as a member of the executive management team. She is responsible for advising the president on management, financial, strategic planning and board governance issues.  Ms. Dent joined the Alliance in November 2010 as the director of operations and grants management and became chief operating officer in 2015. Prior to working at the Alliance, she was an associate director of stewardship and donor relations at The Children’s Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm for Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. A veteran in non-profit management, Anastasia has over 15 years of experience in fundraising, donor relations, and event planning and execution. Anastasia holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from St. Lawrence University. 202-789-2300

Rena Hernandez

Office Manager

Rena Hernandez is the office manager at the Alliance for Health Policy. Rena supports the chief operating officer with logistics and operations for the office of the Alliance, including invoicing, office procedures, and official records. Rena joined the Alliance in February 2017. 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. 202-789-2300

Kathryn Bell Martucci

Senior Health Policy Analyst 

Kathryn is the senior health policy analyst at the Alliance for Health Policy. She is an integral member of our policy team working to ensure the production of high-quality, timely, informative briefings and materials. Kathryn joined the Alliance in January 2018 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. 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 in public health from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in biology and sociology from Cornell. 202-789-2300

Ann Thuy Nguyen

Communications & Marketing Assistant

Ann is the communications and marketing assistant at the Alliance for Health Policy. Ann plays a key role in helping to promote and integrate the mission of the Alliance while working closely with the assistant director of external affairs to develop and execute a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy. Ann has an array of experience, particularly in multiplatform storytelling, social media content, and research. Before joining the Alliance in January 2018, Ann worked as the marketing Intern for MeWe: The Next-Gen Social Network, photography intern at Wake Forest University as well as the production assistant for Melissa Harris-Perry Productions, LLC.  She was in the inaugural class of the Scholars program. Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and studio art from Wake Forest University. 202-789-2300

Jill O’Brien

Program Assistant

Jill is the program assistant at the Alliance for Health Policy. She provides logistical and programmatic support for the policy team, as well as the planning and execution of briefings and events hosted by the Alliance. Before joining the Alliance in January 2018, 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 of Arts in government from Franklin and Marshall College. 202-789-2300