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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.

Tim Casey (@TCaseyANA)

Prior to joining ANA as Senior Associate Director of Government Affairs, Tim served as Director of Federal Affairs for the American Occupational Therapy Association. At AOTA, Tim was charged with advancing the organization’s legislative priorities in Washington. With experience on and off Capitol Hill, Tim brings an essential understanding of legislative strategy and procedure from which to draw in his efforts on behalf of ANA.

Prior to joining AOTA, Tim served as Vice President of Federal Affairs under the leadership of former Congressman Alan Wheat at Washington-based lobby firm, Wheat Government Relations. In his capacity, he coordinated the firm’s day to day advocacy efforts and worked closely with Members of Congress and their staff across a wide-array of health care issues in pursuit of client goals, including support for Title VIII funding. Having also served on Capitol Hill as policy staff to Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Congressman John Tierney (D-MA), Tim brings valuable legislative experience from both sides of the Capitol, where he managed a broad portfolio of critical domestic issues including health care and carried the Congressman’s priorities on the Education & Labor Committee.

Michelle Mitchell (@MMitchellANA)

Michelle Mitchell brings over a decade of experience in public policy and government relations to her role as Senior Associate Director of Government Affairs. An experienced strategist, Michelle advances ANA’s legislative priorities on Capitol Hill. Michelle joined ANA after serving as Manager of Legislative Affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). At PPFA, she built strategic partnerships and strengthened PPFA’s congressional relationships to advocate for women’s reproductive healthcare, family planning and sex education.

Before working at PPFA, Michelle was a congressional staffer for eight years. She served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congressman William Lacy Clay where she oversaw staff, established the legislative agenda, drafted legislation and was a key point of contact for congressional committees, constituents and advocacy groups. Previously, she worked as Professional Staff on the House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives. As a committee staffer, she gained valuable experience writing floor statements, crafting amendments, conducting congressional investigations, and vetting witnesses. Prior to beginning her policy career, Michelle was a therapist for children who were survivors of domestic violence. Raised in St. Louis, MO, Michelle obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Monisha Smith

Monisha serves as the Associate Director, Advocacy and Engagement on the ANA team. In this capacity she is responsible for endorsements for the ANA-PAC as well as grassroots advocacy for 25 states.

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.

Jason Rodriguez (@JasonRodrgz)

Jason Rodriguez is currently an Advocacy and Engagement Specialist at the American Nurses Association (ANA). Prior to joining the ANA, Jason was the National Deputy Latino Vote Director at Hillary for America, where he oversaw the campaign’s battleground state Latino voter mobilization programs and managed outreach to federal, state and local Latino elected officials.

Before joining HFA, he was the Manager of Political Affairs at Standard & Poor’s, where he managed advocacy to House Democrats and oversaw the firm’s PAC and political engagement. During the 2014 election cycle, Jason was a Senior Associate at Angerholzer Broz Consulting (ABC), where he managed national fundraising for six members of the CBC and CHC in the House Democratic caucus. Prior to joining ABC, Jason spent several years in campaign leadership positions at the federal and state levels. He attended graduate school at the London School of Economics, where he studied Public Policy & Administration, and did his undergraduate at Northeastern University. A Texas native, Jason enjoys all things politics.

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.