John Auerbach is president and CEO of TFAH, where he oversees TFAH's work to promote sound public health policy and make disease prevention a national priority. Over the course of a thirty-year career he has held senior public health positions at the federal, state, and local levels. As Associate Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) he oversaw policy and the agency’s collaborative efforts with CMS, commercial payers, and large health systems. During his six years as the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he developed innovative programs to promote health equity, combat chronic and infectious disease, and support the successful implementation of the state’s health care reform initiative. As Boston’s health commissioner for nine years, he directed homeless, substance abuse, and emergency medical services for the city as well as a wide range of public health divisions.
Mr. Auerbach was previously a professor of practice in health sciences and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University; program director of one of the country’s first community health centers; and director of a clinical training program at a tertiary care safety-net hospital.
Marilyn Cabrera is the Education and Technical Assistance Coordinator of the Promoting Health and Cost Control in States (PHACCS) project at TFAH. She works with the PHACCS Project Manager to promote the adoption and implementation of effective, evidence-based state public health policies. Marilyn most recently completed a Master of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a concentration in social determinants of health and disparities. She served as a Congressional health policy intern with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). Other prior experiences include serving as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health where she worked on issues related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, advancing Latino health, and achieving health equity. She also served as a government relations intern at the American Public Health Association. A native Californian, Marilyn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Anne De Biasi
Anne De Biasi is Director of Policy Development at TFAH. She is responsible for defining the agenda and general strategy associated with the organization’s goal to create a modernized, accountable public health system and to integrate prevention into a reforming health care delivery and financing system. Prior to joining TFAH, Ms. De Biasi served in three policy positions, including as the first Director of Child Health Policy and Advocacy at Nemours (a foundation operating a child health system), as Director of Public Policy at the National Breast Cancer Coalition (a grassroots advocacy coalition) and as the Director of the Children’s Dental Health Project (a policy, advocacy and research organization). Prior to that, she served as the President and CEO of the Oak Orchard Community Health Center and came to Washington, D.C. as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. During and after the Fellowship, she worked as health care staff for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Ms. De Biasi was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Virginia and graduated at the top of her class from the Masters in Health Administration Program at the Medical College of Virginia. She is a graduate of Leadership Rochester and was recognized with a “40 under 40 Award” from the Rochester Business Journal. Ms. De Biasi currently chairs the board of a faith-based non-profit focused on HIV and hepatitis awareness, prevention and harm reduction.
Rhea K. Farberman
Rhea K. Farberman is the Director of Strategic Communications and Policy Research at TFAH. In that role she manages TFAH's reports creation process and executes TFAH's strategies to communicate its work to policymakers, stakeholder organizations and the news media. Farberman is a highly experienced communications strategist and manager with specific experience in the health, social science and science sectors. In her most recent position, Farberman served as the Senior Director for Marketing and Communications at the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), a national foundation funding research on inherited blindness. At FFB, Farberman created programs to support the Foundation's $25 million annual fundraising and grant-making program and educate the public about inherited blindness. From 1993 - 2015, Farberman served as the Executive Director for Public and Member Communications at the American Psychological Association. In that position she directed the association's public affairs, public education and media relations programs and served as the Association's national spokesperson. Farberman served as the Director of Public Affairs for the National Council on the Public Service (1992) and the White House Conference on Library and Information Services (1991). She has additionally managed federal public information and education projects including the 1990 Census media outreach campaign and Department of Health and Human Services education and prevention programs.
Farberman is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)and has served on PRSA's Healthcare Academy Board of Directors. She is an honors graduate of The American University's School of Communications and completed graduate studies in publications management at The George Washington University.
J. Nadine Gracia
J. Nadine Gracia is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), where she is a senior policy adviser to the president and manages TFAH’s core business functions and internal operations. She has more than twenty years of leadership and management experience in federal government, advocacy organizations, academia, and clinical practice. Prior to joining TFAH, Dr. Gracia served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that capacity, she directed departmental policies and programs to end health disparities and advance health equity and provided executive leadership on administration priorities including health reform and criminal justice reform. She also led the federal Office of Minority Health, where she oversaw a budget of $57 million and pioneered innovative, multi-sectoral partnerships in the public and private sectors. Previously, she served as Chief Medical Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, where her portfolio included adolescent health, emergency and disaster preparedness, environmental health and climate change, and global health. Prior to that role, she was appointed as a White House Fellow at HHS and worked in the Office of the First Lady on the development of the Let’s Move! initiative to solve childhood obesity.
A first-generation Haitian-American, Dr. Gracia received a Bachelor of Arts in French with honors from Stanford University, a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her training as a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and later was a clinical instructor and research fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she conducted research on community risk factors for violence. Dr. Gracia is active in many civic and professional organizations.
Richard Hamburg is Senior Policy Advisor at Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). Previously Interim President and CEO and Deputy Director, Mr. Hamburg oversees public policy initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and internal operations and has more than 30 years of experience as a leading health policy advocate. He has helped lead TFAH's efforts to ensure disease prevention is a centerpiece of health reform, and has been instrumental in TFAH's work on obesity prevention, building national pandemic flu and public health emergency response capabilities, and increasing support for public health programs. Prior to TFAH, Mr. Hamburg served in a number of roles with the American Heart Association (AHA), including as its national Director of Government Relations. At AHA, Mr. Hamburg led the AHA's advocacy on health topics ranging from healthcare reform to tobacco control to public access to defibrillation. He is also a past Director of Government Affairs at AHA's New York City affiliate. A native New Yorker, Mr. Hamburg is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, from which he received a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration.
Tim Hughes is the External Relations and Outreach Manager at TFAH, where he assists in cultivating and maintaining partner relations with a variety of sectors at the national, state, and community levels in support of TFAH’s advocacy and public health policy goals and objectives. Tim is also a part-time MPH student at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health studying physical activity and public health. Prior to joining TFAH, Tim worked at the Center for Community Oral Health Programs at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California where he provided management support for research projects, grants and community health outreach programs to ensure comprehensive dental services were available for underserved communities around Los Angeles County. Tim graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, Management and Planning. He is a runner, triathlete, and outdoor enthusiast.
Dara Alpert Lieberman
Dara Alpert Lieberman is Senior Government Relations Manager at Trust for America's Health. She works with the Director of Government Relations to advance TFAH's agenda with federal, state, and local governments. At TFAH, Ms. Lieberman leads the organization’s advocacy around infectious disease prevention, disease surveillance, and strengthening the nation’s public health emergency preparedness and response capabilities.
Ms. Lieberman previously served as a legislative representative for American Counseling Association, where she advocated for mental health access issues. In recent years, Ms. Lieberman has also worked on children’s health care access for the Children's Defense Fund and served as a staff member for the Senate Committee on Armed Services. In addition to working directly with policymakers, she has organized grassroots advocacy efforts at the national and state level.
She secured an MPP from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Ms. Lieberman currently serves on the board of Healthcare Ready, a nonprofit that works to protect patient access to healthcare in the face of disaster through collaboration with public health and healthcare.
Adam Lustig is the Promoting Health and Cost Control in States (PHACCS) Manager at TFAH. He oversees the PHACCS Initiative which seeks to promote the adoption and implementation of effective, evidence-based state public health policies in a relatively short time period of 5 years. Prior to joining TFAH, he was the Senior Manager of Health Systems Transformation at the National Network of Public Health Institutes where he developed strategies related to improving healthcare systems, alternative payment models, and supporting people-centered health systems. Mr. Lustig has also held positions at the Advisory Board Company, the National Pharmaceutical Council and the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.S. in Health Policy from the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health and a B.A. in Public Policy from the State University of New York at Albany.
Kevin McIntyre is the Government Relations Representative at TFAH, where he assists in advancing the organization’s legislative priorities. Before joining TFAH, Kevin worked at the Alliance for Health Reform as a Program Assistant for Health Policy & Congressional Outreach, providing support for the group’s events on Capitol Hill. Prior to that, he held internships with Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Congressman Jason Altmire (D-PA). Kevin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Government & Politics.
Matt McKillop is a Senior Health Policy Researcher and Analyst at TFAH. He is the lead writer on selected TFAH reports and helps to manage TFAH's overall research and strategic communications program. Before joining TFAH, McKillop managed research on state health and fiscal policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts, including examinations of spending on care for people in prisons and jails; whether and how care quality was monitored; and promising practices for facilitating continued care after incarcerated people were released. He also led advocacy and community organizing campaigns for So Others Might Eat, a nonprofit organization that serves poor and homeless residents of the District of Columbia. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Kalamazoo College and a master's in public policy from George Washington University.
Genny Olson is the Policy Development Manager at TFAH where she works with the Director of Policy Development to help coordinate and organize expert policy convenings. Previously, at TFAH, Genny was Health Policy Fellow. Prior to joining TFAH, Genny worked as a graduate research assistant at MEASURE Evaluation within their monitoring and evaluation unit. She has also held internships at the National Association of Community Health Centers in both their federal and regulatory affairs departments, as well as with a non-profit organization implementing a school-based childhood obesity initiatives. She received her MPH from the Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University.
LaToya Ray is the Manager of Organizational Operations at TFAH. Prior to joining TFAH, Ms. Ray served as Office Manager and Evaluation Coordinator for an independent evaluation firm working primarily with school districts, private non-profit organizations and universities. Her background includes K-12 education, grants management and program evaluation. Ms. Ray is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a B.S in Elementary Education.
Jack Rayburn is a Senior Government Relations Manager at Trust for America's Health. He works on all TFAH government relations priorities related to obesity and chronic disease prevention and co-leads efforts on health reform. He has a diverse legislative portfolio that includes health care financing, agriculture, education, transportation, and other areas that impact the availability and accessibility of healthy choices. He previously served as Policy Aide for U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) for all health care issues. Mr. Rayburn also worked at the Healthcare Leadership Council on health information technology and health care quality and for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA). He has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University.
Rebecca Salay is the Director of Government Relations at the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), ensuring the group's public policy agenda is implemented at all levels of government: federal, state and local. Prior to joining TFAH, she was the Associate Director of Government Affairs at the Center for American Progress, where she worked on health reform, education, work/life balance, LGBT and poverty issues. Ms. Salay began her career on Capitol Hill, where she served for nearly 10 years on the staff of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). In her most senior position in that office, as legislative director, she oversaw the Congresswoman's legislative agenda with a focus on health care, working women, and Appropriations and Budget Committee work. Ms. Salay also has a unique understanding of international health issues, having worked for nearly three years at the National Heart Forum in London. She previously served in the Clinton White House as associate director of research in the Communications Office, and as a senior health policy associate at the National Partnership for Women and Families. Ms. Salay holds an MSC in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in Political Science from Drew University.
Emmanuel Sarfo is Financial, Human Resources and Compliance Manager. Emmanuel manages financial operations for TFAH, ensures compliance with 501(c)(3) reporting requirements and federal and state labor laws, and manages employee enrollment in fringe benefits, payroll processing and all aspects of human resources. Prior to TFAH, Emmanuel was Senior Staff Accountant at the Progressive Life Center, and earlier, Accounting Officer at the International Center for Christian Ministries. He received a BS in Accounting from Mary Washington University.
Molly Warren is a Health Policy Research Manager at TFAH. Prior to joining TFAH, Molly served in policy and research roles at Enroll America, an organization focused on maximizing healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Previously she worked in other areas of healthcare reform and injury prevention at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Community Catalyst, and the State of Vermont during graduate school. Prior to graduate school, Molly worked at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Molly holds a master’s degree in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in history and art from Colby College.
Emily Wilson is the Healthy Students, Promising Futures Project Manager at TFAH. She is a Hazel Dick Leonard Scholar and doctoral candidate at Simmons College, where she is completing her PhD on trauma-informed teaching. Prior to joining TFAH, Emily served as a research consultant for various organizations and as an Instructor of Public Health at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Emily is a certified health education specialist (CHES) and has worked on a range of health disparities initiatives in school-based settings. She volunteers with the Regional Health Equity Council for New England and holds an MPH degree from West Chester University, an MS degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College, and a professional certificate in the Treatment of Trauma from Boston University.
Megan Wolfe is the Policy Development Manager at TFAH, where she works with the Director of Policy Development on the healthy aging portfolio and other policy development efforts. She has been engaged in public policy and advocacy for over 20 years and has represented Fortune 500 and non-profit organizations. Most recently Wolfe served as Government Relations Manager for ASCD, an international education association comprising teachers, principals, superintendents, and higher education professionals. Primarily focused on education issues, she advocated for a whole child approach to education, increased support for educator professional development, and raising the federal investment for education overall.
Prior to her association with ASCD, Wolfe served as Government Relations Manager for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, coordinating and leading the association's federal advocacy efforts, including the annual lobby day, public policy agenda, and state affiliate advocacy efforts. She also has Capitol Hill experience, serving as a staff member for the Senate Judiciary Committee working on the federal judgeship confirmation process. Wolfe received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law School (formerly the George Mason University School of Law).