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 executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.

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Twitter: @SarahJDash

Kelly J. Appenzeller

Director of Development Operations

Kelly is the director of development operations at the Alliance for Health Policy. She oversees the Alliance’s development efforts and strategic partnerships. 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’s in history and government from St. Lawrence University.

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Madeline Cree, MPH

Health Policy Analyst

Madeline is the health policy analyst at the Alliance for Health Policy. In her role, Madeline provides support in program development and research for the policy team at the Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance in May 2020, Madeline worked in health policy research and program development at the Network for Excellence in Heath Innovation in Boston. She has also held public health promotion and policy internships with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, National Blood Clot Alliance, and Association of American Cancer Institutes. Madeline holds a master’s degree in public health from Boston University in addition to bachelors’ degrees in natural sciences and English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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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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Sarina Katz

Senior Manager of Communications and Marketing

Sarina is the communications and marketing manager at the Alliance for Health Policy. Sarina leads the coordination and strategy of the Alliance’s communication channels and oversees marketing activities for Alliance programs and events. She has over five years experience designing and executing dynamic campaigns across digital and print media. Prior to the Alliance, Sarina held positions at nonprofits within the environmental sector and with the Department of Justice. She holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and history from Penn State University.

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Devon Lara, MPH

Program and Research Associate

Devon is the program and research associate at the Alliance for Health Policy. This position is an integral part of the Alliance policy team in the production of high-quality and unbiased health policy programming for members of Congress, congressional and executive branch staff, media, and policy experts. Devon provides project management support to ensure event preparation processes run smoothly and assists in researching a variety of current health policy topics. Prior to joining the Alliance, Devon was selected as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute legislative health fellow where she worked at Bristol Myers Squibb and the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health. She holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of New Mexico with a concentration in communications and health policy, in addition to a bachelor’s degree in science.

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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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Emma Rossetti

Development and Events Assistant

Emma is the development and events assistant at the Alliance for Health Policy. Emma is responsible for supporting development outreach and event logistics at the Alliance. Prior to this, Emma interned at The American Battlefield Trust and the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. She also served two years as a student fellow with the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy, and International Affairs at Hofstra University. Emma holds bachelors’ degrees in global studies, geography, and public policy from Hofstra University.

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Keena Wallace

Accounting Assistant

Keena is the accounting assistant for the Alliance for Health Policy. Keena processes accounts payable, records accounting transactions, and performs other administrative duties as needed. Keena also handles the Alliance’s external event registration process. She has worked with the Alliance since 2008.

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Bailey Wilbanks

Government Affairs Associate

Bailey is the government affairs associate at the Alliance for Health Policy. Bailey plays a key role in implementing the federal affairs strategy at the Alliance. Prior to this, Bailey served as the Alliance’s program and research assistant. Before joining the Alliance, Bailey began her career on Capitol Hill for a Texas representative. Prior to her time on the Hill, Bailey also spent time interning for American Public Human Services Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in community health from Texas A&M University.

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