Josh Greenberg, JD, Vice President of Government Relations

Josh currently serves as the Vice President of Government Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital. His primary responsibility is the oversight of fiscal and public policy issues, including work on Medicaid/ CHIP, pediatric quality of care, child/ public health concerns, research, and medical education. Josh has been a member of policy leadership committees for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and the Massachusetts Hospital Association and has served on the boards of several legal aid organizations. Josh is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Northeastern University’s School of Law.

Focus areas: public policy, health care access, Medicaid, consumer issues, health system transformation

 

Candace Reddy, MBA, Senior Director of Payor Relations

Candace is the Senior Director of Payor Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is responsible for establishing, coordinating and troubleshooting relationships with Medicaid programs and managed care entities including policy and payment strategies. Candace works across the enterprise to synthesize information related to public payors and implement strategies of patient and provider engagement relating to access. Before joining Boston Children’s, Candace was the Vice President of External Affairs and Business Development at CeltiCare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families. Candace also worked in Massachusetts state government as the Assistant Secretary for Health Care Finance at the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Candace earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration from Clark University.

Focus areas: Medicaid policy, state government, payor relations

 

Amy Judge DeLong, Manager of Federal Government Relations

Amy has been the Manager of Federal Government Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital since February 2009. She leads Boston Children’s federal advocacy efforts related to the pediatric quality of care, access, medical research, and academic medicine. Amy previously worked in Washington, DC as a Senior Legislative Assistant for U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), where she handled social policy issues with a focus on health care. Before her work on Capitol Hill, Amy was a member of the government relations staff at the Children’s Defense Fund, a non-profit focused on developing and promoting public policies that support children and families.

Focus areas: federal government, Medicaid, research policy, medical education

 

John Riordan, MCRP, Director of Community Relations and Partnerships

John divides his time between the Office of Government Relations and the Office of Community Health as the Director of Community Relations and Partnerships at Boston Children’s. His primary responsibility is the development of strategic partnerships to advance the hospital’s community health agenda and to inform child health policy. John also coordinates the community and municipal approval processes for the hospital’s facility expansion projects. He previously served as Director of Business and Civic Affairs for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA and Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Boston. John is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Harvard University.

Focus areas: city government, community partnerships

 

Kate Lewandowski, MS, Senior Project Manager

Kate is the Senior Project Manager in the Office of Government Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital. She supports projects of strategic importance to the institution and tracks the policy and regulatory environment to ensure hospital experts have timely input into regulatory developments at the state and federal level. Before joining Boston Children’s, Kate was the Senior Policy Analyst on the children’s health team at Community Catalyst where she led the organization’s efforts related to refunding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Kate earned her bachelor’s degree in history of science and medicine from Yale and her master’s degree in health policy and management from Harvard School of Public Health.

Focus areas: regulatory policy, health care management, health services research

 

Shannon Moore, MPA, Director of State Government Relations

Shannon is the Director of State Government Relations in the Office of Government Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is responsible for advancing the hospital’s legislative and policy agenda at the state level to support child health access, coverage, quality, and care delivery. Shannon brings her experience in government from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she was Director of Legislative Affairs, as well as previous positions serving the Massachusetts legislature. Shannon earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Boston University and her master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Focus areas: state government, public policy, Massachusetts Medicaid

Amara Azubuike, JD, Director of Behavioral Health Advocacy and Policy

Amara is the Director of Behavioral Health Policy and Advocacy at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is responsible for advancing the hospital’s behavioral health policy agenda at the local, state and national level to expand access to quality behavioral health care for all children. Amara works in close consultation with the Department of Psychiatry and also provides strategic direction and leadership to further the policy goals of the Children’s Mental Health Campaign. Before joining the Government Relations team, Amara worked in the Office of General Counsel at Boston Children’s Hospital where she implemented and staffed the hospital’s first Medical-Legal Partnership program. Amara also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Health Care Division at the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General Maura Healey and as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Delaware Family Court. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the George Washington University Law School.

Focus areas: behavioral health policy, patient advocacy, Children’s Mental Health Campaign

 

Jamie Gaynes, MPH, Manager of State Government Relations

Jamie is the Manager of Government Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital where she focuses on policy issues related to public health and prevention. Jamie also oversees the Office of Government Relations grassroots advocacy,  digital communications, and internship program. Before joining Boston Children’s Hospital, she was the Children’s Health Coordinator at Health Care for All, where she managed an intersectional coalition working to improve the lives of children and families by addressing the social determinants of health. Jamie received her Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University.

Focus areas: state government, public health policy, Children’s Advocacy Network

 

Daniela Reyes, MSW, Policy Project Coordinator

Daniela Reyes is a Policy Project Coordinator in the Office of Government Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital. She manages a school-based behavioral health (SBBH) policy initiative in partnership with the Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (BCHNP) program and the Children’s Mental Health Campaign (CMHC). Daniela also serves as a member of the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter (NASW-MA) Racial Justice Council where she works alongside her colleagues to advance racial justice in the Chapter’s activities. Daniela received her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work, and she is looking forward to continuing her advocacy work at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Focus areas: school-based behavioral health, health equity, mental health advocacy

 

Amanda Stewart, MD, MPH, Advocacy and Public Policy Fellow

Amanda serves as a liaison between clinicians within Boston Children’s Hospital and the Office of Government Relations. Her research is focused on homeless families seen in the Boston Children’s Hospital emergency department, and she has been involved in legislative advocacy on housing insecurity and other child health topics. Amanda received her Bachelor of Sciences from UCLA, her Master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed residency training in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track of the Boston Combined Residency Program (Boston Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital) and completed fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital

Focus areas:  public health, state government, social determinants of health, housing insecurity

 

Rebeckah Orsatti, Business Operations Administrator

Rebeckah is the Business and Operations Administrator in the Office of Government Relations and the Office of Community Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. She handles the back end operations for the Office of Government Relations and the Office of Community Healthboth offices, specifically focusing on budget, finance, personnel, regulatory compliance, and process improvement. An alumna of Dartmouth College, Rebeckah spent time working in both the private and non-profit sectors before transitioning to healthcare when; she joined Boston Children’s in 2014. She is proud to advocate side by side with such a dedicated team to improve the quality of life for children and families in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Rebeckah is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Focus areas: operations, community partnerships, PIOLT