About Us

Founded in 2006, the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (“The Society”) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer-led organization designed to meet the diverse needs of DC-area young professionals interested in the health, health care, and health policy fields. The Society seeks to help young professionals forge meaningful and long-term professional relationships, offer a wealth of career-related information and tools, and provide regularly scheduled social and career-development events.

Our mission is to bring together professionals in health policy. Our organization seeks to provide opportunities for networking and professional development to create DC’s next generation of health policy leaders.

The Society is a unique organization aimed at:

  • Fostering new relationships among young professionals in the health, health care, and health policy fields;
  • Providing a forum for networking and socializing;
  • Organizing professional development, educational, skill-building, and community service events; and
  • Connecting young professionals to relevant career and networking opportunities, including access to senior-level health policy professionals.

As the inter-related fields of health care delivery and health policy grow, so does the need to identify and highlight future leaders in these fields. The Society, therefore, aims to create a sustainable, organization that forges meaningful and long-term professional relationships and provides career-development opportunities. To achieve this vision, the Society continues to actively recruit members, increase its visibility, and develop strategic partnerships.

Executive Board

Nicole Braccio, PharmD, serves as Director of Policy for National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF), a nonprofit advocacy group representing people in the pursuit of healthcare. She establishes policy priorities, analyzes federal and state reforms impacting patients and develops person-centered solutions that promote equitable access to affordable, quality care. Nicole also coordinates the grassroots advocacy strategy and collaborates with various health care stakeholders and lawmakers.

Prior to her role at NPAF, Nicole assisted clients in the Reimbursement Practice at Avalere, with coverage and payment policy developments focused on access to innovative treatments in reimbursement, quality, data analytics and financial services teams.

Nicole is also a pharmacist and fitness proponent, passionate about working with people to address their health needs. She volunteers with a medical outreach non-profit, Waves of Health, where she has spearheaded improvement initiatives and led on-site operations to provide team-based primary and pharmacy care to underserved patients in the Dominican Republic.

Nicole will always be a New Yorker at heart, currently practicing pharmacy per diem in her hometown, Staten Island, and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree nearby from Rutgers University.

Stuart Portman, MPH, serves as Health Policy Advisor in the U.S. Senate for the Senate Finance Committee. He serves as the majority’s advisor on Medicaid, CHIP, and ACA markets. He previously served as Senator Orrin Hatch’s healthcare legislative assistant, providing policy recommendations on a variety of health matters ranging from Medicaid and health information technology to disease research and pharmaceutical development, among others. Stuart also served as a Graduate Clerk on the Senate Finance Committee analyzing the Medicare audit and appeals process.

Stuart received his Master of Public Health degree specializing in health policy from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. While there, he worked as Research Assistant in the Department of Health Policy and Management on health services legal research investigating the development and sustainability planning for state Health Information Exchange programs. His coursework focused on Medicaid, ethical debates within the health services community, and the intersection between public health and homeland security. Additionally, he is the recipient of the 2015 American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine, and Bioethics Hirsh Award.

Stuart, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, received his B.A. in Biology and Political Science from the University of Denver.

Matt Reiter has been an Associate with Capitol Associates since 2014. Matt focuses on Federal issues relating to how healthcare providers interact with the Federal Healthcare Programs, the transition to value-based payment systems, the Affordable Care Act, and efforts to reform the U.S. Healthcare System. This involves advocating for policies of interest to particular medical specialties and certain types of healthcare facilities before Congress, Federal Agencies and other industry stakeholders.

Matt was elected as the Secretary of the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals for the 2018-2020 Board term. Before his election to the Board, he served on the Society’s Steering Committee for one year. Matt is the Vice President of Education for the Old Town Toastmasters club. Matt is a 2011 Graduate of American University, receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in Law and Society and Philosophy.

Michael F. Turchetti, M.P.P, is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where he advises federal clients on payment reform and data analytics. Before Booz Allen, Michael worked at the Lewin Group where he supported state clients with the evaluation of Medicaid programs and waivers. Michael’s first foray into health policy was with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute (NRI) where he was a data analyst for psychiatric hospitals. Michael is especially interested in how reimbursement models impact the cost and quality of care.

A native of Newport, Rhode Island, Michael moved to D.C. to study psychology and political theory at American University. He received his M.P.P. from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. In addition to his work with SHPYP, Michael is a Career Mentor and Officer with StreetWise Partners and a Precinct Chief with Arlington County’s Electoral Board.

Aliza Auces is a Federal Affairs Programs Associate at the National Association of Community Health Centers. There, her portfolio includes health equity, social determinants of health, health care for the homeless, and LGBT health. Aliza manages the Community Health Center Caucuses in both chambers of Congress, while also organizing congressional briefings and Capitol Hill visits. Additionally, she co-manages the community health center young professionals group (CHCYP), developing networking events and programs for CHCYP at NACHC conferences.

Since September 2016, Ms. Auces remains the first Latina from Idaho accepted into the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellowship Program. Eager to gain the skills that would allow her to become a better advocate for the development of health policies that promote health equality for the Latinx community and other underserved communities, she completed her placements at the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray. In July 2017, Auces was also accepted as one of ten U.S. Latinx professionals into the third cohort of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) Transatlantic Exchange Program for Young Minorities Fellows; she is also the first AICGS fellow from Idaho.

Aliza received her Bachelors from the College of Idaho with a double major in Health Science and Spanish and minors in psychology and pre-medicine. She was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho with roots from Mexico. She loves her two yorkies and enjoys cooking for friends as an amateur chef.

Amy Abadir is the Senior Manager of Public Payer and Health System Reform at Biogen. In her role, she monitors and analyzes healthcare reform trends and supports the implementation of market access and reimbursement strategy for public payers. Amy previously worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit policy organization, where she analyzed health policy proposals related to drug spending in federal and state programs. Amy has also worked in global policy at Mylan, clinical trial management and patent filing at an early-stage nanomedicine company, access to HIV medicines at the World Health Organization, and bilateral science and technology agreements at the U.S. State Department.

Amy has her Master’s in Health Policy, Planning & Financing jointly from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor’s in International Health from Georgetown University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and mentoring and networking with the DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals.

Amanda Hunt is the principal policy analyst for the Healthcare Value Hub at Altarum, where she studies problems contributing to poor healthcare value (high prices, uneven quality, lack of transparency,etc.) and synthesizes the evidence around potential solutions. She has authored a number of research briefs on a wide variety of subjects, placing particular emphasis on explaining complex health policy topics in ways that are easy for non-policy audiences to understand. Increasingly, Amanda also works with state-based consumer advocacy organizations to help educate them on promising strategies to improve healthcare value and galvanize action through legislative or regulatory change.

Kathryn Martucci is the Assistant Director for Policy and Programs at the Alliance for Health Policy, where she oversees the team that produces high-quality, timely, informative events and materials for health policy stakeholders. Previously, Kathryn was at The Advisory Board Company for eight years holding various positions across the firm, including sales associate, data analyst, and health policy analyst. She is passionate about social safety-net, women’s health, and public health preparedness issues and loves nerding out about data analysis and process improvements.

Kathryn holds a BA in biology and sociology from Cornell University and an MPH from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. She grew up as an Air Force brat living in Texas, Nebraska, and Florida and is therefore happy to have been in Washington, DC for almost ten years. When not at Alliance or Society events, you can probably find her singing country music, watching a Madam Secretary episode, or walking her rescue dog, Frankie.

Ariana Olshan is a Director of Grants and Federal Affairs at McAllister & Quinn. In this role, Ariana works with clients in the healthcare and higher education industries to enhance their grant-seeking success by helping them to develop strategic plans and pursue funding opportunities that are aligned with their capabilities and long-term priorities. Ariana also works with clients to enhance government relations strategies and improve organizational procedures and structures.

Prior to joining McAllister & Quinn, Ariana conducted research at a microbiology laboratory at the George Washington University, where she investigated antimicrobial and antibiotic properties of medicinal herbs and spices. She also conducted research to examine variations in international legislation and the effects they have on global health issues while at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Ariana has spent time domestically and abroad working with healthcare and child service organizations in clinical, educational, and leadership capacities which has allowed her a multifaceted view into the healthcare space.

Ariana earned a bachelor of science in biology with a double minor in Spanish and psychology from the George Washington University.

As a respected lobbyist, health policy analyst, and political operative representing some of Washington’s most influential stakeholders, Shea McCarthy is a seasoned operator in the sphere of federal advocacy. As a Vice President at Thorn Run Partners and supervisor of the firm’s D.C.-based health policy practice — including a five-person policy team — Mr. McCarthy advises clients on the intricacies of health care policy and helps develop and execute strategies to influence federal laws. He has frequently been recognized as an author and contributor in leading inside-the-Beltway publications including Politico, RealClearPolicy, Inside Health Policy, and others.

Mr. McCarthy also offers the firm’s clients unique perspectives as a recognized thought leader on the intersection of technology, media, and advocacy. In this capacity, he helps Fortune 500 companies, stakeholder coalitions, non-profits, and other groups increase their footprint and shape the dialogue over vital policy priorities. His experience in this capacity has also been leveraged in the political realm, where he’s worked as a Fellow with the Digital Events team for Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign and as the Digital Director for a highly-competitive congressional race.

Prior to joining Thorn Run, Mr. McCarthy served as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) as an expert in health care and food safety policy. He previously served in the office of Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO), where he conducted legislative research as an aide to senior staff.

Mr. McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in Economics and Computer Applications. While at Notre Dame, he served as president of the Economics Club and graduated as a member of the Economic Honors Society.

Leo Sheehan serves as a Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). He primarily handles health, education, labor, and postal issues. In the past three years, he has held a number of other positions for the Senator, such as Special Assistant and Staff Assistant.
Before working on the Hill, Leo attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and completed a dual degree, graduating with a B.S. in Public Health and a B.S. in Kinesiology. He was able to conduct research on a number of public health topics, such as Multiple Sclerosis, as a research assistant in the Motor Control lab. Although originally on the pre-med track, he fell in love with politics and hasn’t looked back.

Leo hails from Massachusetts (the objectively best commonwealth). He enjoys running around DC, reading science fiction novels, and hosting monthly whiskey tasting events.

Monet Stanford, PharmD, manages the government relations and regulatory affairs for the pharmacy department at Kaiser Permanente. Her profile consists of a wide range of issues from third-party contract management, scope of practice expansion to drug pricing transparency. Within this organization, Dr. Stanford is tasked with translating public policy issues and associated research into a variety of synthesis products to offer insight and expertise in key areas to internal and external Kaiser partners.

Dr. Stanford received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and Public Policy and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland. She furthered her clinical education through formal residency training at Purdue University and received formal policy-based training via an executive fellowship with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Her professional experiences include serving in the Office of the Attorney General focusing on geriatric advocacy and as Clinical Policy Analyst with Centene Corporation. In the past, she has served as President of the Maryland Public Health Association Graduate Academy.

In her mentorship, she tutors fifth-grade girls weekly on STEM disciplines and serves as an annual judge at the DC STEM Fair which is the final round for all public intermediary school science projects. Aside from her professional interests, her personal time is filled with international travel, running and live music

Nick Page  is a research consultant at The Lewin Group where he directly supports the National Director of Purchased Long-Term Services and Supports for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). In this role, he writes policy and improves operations, coordinates with internal VA and external government & private stakeholders, and supports field staff at the 150 VA Medical Centers nationwide, all in support of a $2.5 billion budget. Nick also helps provide data and policy analysis for VHA’s Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, as well as the Office of Care Management and Social Work on the newly expanded Caregiver Support Program under the VA MISSION Act.

Nick studied Neuroscience and Behavior at Vassar College, where he chaired the major, started a chapter of Primary Care Progress, volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician, and played soccer and lacrosse. Nick grew up in Brookline, MA with German Shepherds, and is an avid musician, cook and soccer player/fan.

Lydia Orth, MPH is the Special Assistant in the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Formerly, Lydia was a class of 2016 Presidential Management Fellow. Prior to joining CMS, Lydia served as a David. A. Winston Health Policy Fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways & Means, Subcommittee on Health. Lydia has a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from the University of Colorado Denver.