Blog Staff

Michelle Artz

Michelle Artz brings 20 years of legislative, policy, and political experience to her job as Director of Government Affairs at the American Nurses Association (ANA). In this role she oversees the organization’s federal and state advocacy as well as grassroots and political engagement. Michelle recently rejoined ANA after 2 years working in Alliance Development and Advocacy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA).

Michelle’s original tenure in the ANA department of Government Affairs began in 2002, and her past professional background also includes field organizing, media relations, and political action committee fundraising, and three years as a staff member in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.

Gregory Craig

Gregory Craig is a Health Policy Advisor in ANA’s Office of Health Policy. His main areas of focus are healthcare reform with a special emphasis on payment systems (i.e. Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance coverage). He has also done work focused on the ongoing opioid epidemic.

In his previous position as a Policy Aide with the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee and an Economist with the Legislative Services Commission – both in the Ohio General Assembly – he consulted with members of the Ohio General Assembly on policy and budgetary issues in the state’s Medicaid program and the state’s public health system as a whole.

Greg graduated from The Ohio State University with his M.S. Economics in May 2015, his Master of Public Administration in May 2014, and his B.A. in History with Honors in August 2011.

Matthew Fitting (@MattFitting)

Matthew Fitting is an Advocacy and Engagement Specialist with the American Nurses Association (ANA). Prior to joining ANA, Matthew led public affairs campaigns to engage and activate the American Heart Association’s volunteer community as federal grassroots advocacy manager. Prior to his time at the AHA, Matthew was a senior associate with the Dewey Square Group’s grassroots practice, guiding issue advocacy campaigns for clients that included national non-profits, trade associations, corporations, and political campaigns.

Prior to joining Dewey Square, Matthew served as a regional field director with the AFL-CIO, managing field staff and overseeing voter outreach efforts in Pennsylvania in 2006, Kentucky for the 2007 gubernatorial race, and Ohio and Virginia in 2008. He has also directed fundraising efforts for multiple Members of Congress and congressional candidates, crafting and executing successful finance plans. A Pennsylvania native, he served as a legislative intern in the office of former Rep. Tim Holden. Matthew is a graduate of Swarthmore College and received a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.

Monisha Smith

Monisha serves as the Senior Associate Director, Government Affairs on the ANA team. In this capacity she is responsible for ANA’s engagement and outreach to Capitol Hill.

Prior to ANA she worked for the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) as the Manager of Government Affairs where she advocated on behalf of home health and hospice nurses.

In addition, her background includes working as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship under Chair Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and served in several capacities for her home state Senator Thomas R. Carper (D-DE) including being a part of his staff on the U.S. Senate Committee Homeland Security and Government Affairs.