Laura Hanen is the Chief of Government Affairs for the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, D.C. The National Association of County and City Health Departments is the voice of the approximately 2,800 local health departments across the country. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. Ms. Hanen’s primary responsibilities are to oversee policy development, federal lobbying, and the Big Cities Health Coalition. Ms. Hanen is also a member of NACCHO’s executive management team. Ms. Hanen joined NACCHO in March of 2011.
Prior to coming to NACCHO, Ms. Hanen was the Director of Government Relations for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors for eleven years. Ms. Hanen was the Senior Lobbyist for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Ms. Hanen was a legislative assistant for Congressman Rick Boucher of the Ninth District of Virginia. Ms Hanen was also a legislative assistant in the Government Relations Department of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
Ms. Hanen received her Bachelor's degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and a Master's degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.