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.

John Richter (@JohnRichter)

John Richter is an Advocacy and Engagement Specialist with the American Nurses Association (ANA). Before joining ANA, John was Public Policy Manager at WorldatWork, a Human Resources membership organization. Prior to his time with WorldatWork he held various positions on political campaigns and on Capitol Hill. John served on the staff of Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania from 2009 – 2014 and in the office of Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico from 2014 – 2017. In 2016 he served as Deputy Political Director for Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania and in 2008 he worked as a Field Organizer for the Colorado Democratic Party. John is originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania and received his MPA from Penn State University in 2012 as well as his B.A. in history and a B.A. in political science from Penn State in 2008.