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.
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.
Richard Hamburg is Exectuive Vice President and COO 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 Associate 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.
Vinu Ilakkuvan is the Health Policy and Communications Manager at TFAH. She works across TFAH’s policy development and communication teams, helping engage experts in developing policy that prioritizes public health and community prevention, as well as providing research and writing support for health policy reports. Vinu is also a part-time doctoral student at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Prior to joining TFAH, Vinu worked on research and evaluation of the national truth® youth anti-smoking campaign at Truth Initiative, with a particular focus on evaluation of the campaign’s efforts online and on social media. Previously, Vinu served as the program coordinator for youth violence prevention at the Virginia Department of Health. Vinu holds a Master’s degree with a concentration in health communications from the Harvard School of Public Health and dual undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering and economics from the University of Virginia.
Albert Lang is the Senior Communications Manager at TFAH. He oversees development and implementation of integrated communications strategies. Prior to joining TFAH, Mr. Lang was a senior account executive at e-Luminate Group. He also served as the Public Relations Director for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Before working for e-Luminate Group, Albert was a senior communications associate at Public Education Network (PEN), where he was also the editor for PEN Weekly NewsBlast. Previously, he was the media and program manager at CommunicationWorks, a public affairs firm. Mr. Lang attended Colgate University where he received a bachelor degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. He minored in Philosophy.
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.
Kevin McIntyre is the Government Relations Associate 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.
Genny Olson is the Policy Development Associate 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 TFAH’s Office Manager and Grants Manager. 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.
Laura Segal is Vice President of Public Affairs. Ms. Segal goversees public affairs, communications, and policy research for Trust for America's Health. She brings more than 15 years of strategic communications experience to TFAH. Prior to joining TFAH, Ms. Segal directed corporate communications for Health Venture Partners, Sigma Networks, and Charitableway. She worked for the Clinton/Gore Campaigns and Administration from 1992-2000 in a variety of capacities, including on the 1992 and 1996 campaigns, in the White House, in the Presidential Transition and Inaugural Offices, as a press secretary and speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of Education, and for the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Ms. Segal also served as Executive Director of a new initiative for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard to start a communications, events, and fundraising effort for the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics, and Public Policy. She has also served as a contributing columnist and political analyst with United Press International. Ms. Segal began her career as an intern at CNN and in field production at C-SPAN television. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and received a M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communications.