Angie Montes Truesdale is the Director of Public Policy for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and its lobbying and advocacy affiliate, the NHPCO Hospice Action Network. In this position, she is in the trenches with NHPCO’s 3,500 members and a large Hospice Advocate community of more than 65,000, to fight for policies protecting those at the end of life. She is also a registered lobbyist and an integral contributor to the organizations’ policy agenda, strategy formulation and execution.
Prior to NHPCO, Angie was Vice President of Health Strategy at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, where she managed accounts for some of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical and health nonprofit clients.
Angie previously led the American Diabetes Association’s federal lobbying efforts as its Director of Federal Government Affairs. In addition to setting the ADA’s course for federal advocacy on behalf of people with diabetes, Angie spearheaded the legislative efforts associated with discrimination and private health insurance. She also served on several advisory committees for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation. She joined the Association originally as Manager of Advocacy Communications where she coordinated numerous successful media campaigns for the ADA’s Legal, Grassroots, Health Insurance, State and Federal Advocacy teams.
Prior to her move to the ADA, she worked for United States Representative Rúben Hinojosa (TX-15) as Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant for health policy. While on Capitol Hill, she crafted legislation and worked to address the health care issues facing one of the lowest income, yet fastest growing, minority populations in the nation – she focused primarily on diabetes and access to affordable and adequate health care. She was on the Hill during such historic events such as the passage of the prescription drug benefit in Medicare and the vote to allow the president to declare war on Iraq.
Before coming to Washington, DC, Angie was a Case Manager for a Texas Medicaid waiver program designed to assist individuals with developmental disabilities live independently in the community. Through this position, she lobbied the Texas legislature and advocated for disability health programs.
Princeton Conference XVII: May 20, 2010