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 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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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 a bachelor’s degree 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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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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Sarina Katz

Communications and Marketing Manager

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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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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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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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

Program and Research Assistant

Bailey is the program and research assistant at the Alliance for Health Policy. Bailey plays a key role in project management and research for the Alliance’s policy team. 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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Octavio Zarraga

Intern

Octavio is the fall intern for the Alliance for Health Policy. Octavio assists with program development and research to support the policy team at the Alliance. Currently, Octavio is a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellow sponsored by PepsiCo. Prior to the Alliance in September 2020, Octavio has worked to promote sexual health education through advocacy and community outreach at a number of organizations which include: UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, Center for Health Empowerment, and Resource Center. Octavio holds bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience and biology from the University of Texas at Dallas

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