Katie Adamson

Adamson, Katie
Senior Director, Health Partnerships and Policy, YMCA of the USA

Katie Clarke Adamson has over 27 years of experience in health policy, partnership development and strategic planning in the non-profit, private and government sectors. 

She currently serves as the Senior Director of Health Partnerships and Policy for YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the nation’s 2700 YMCAs.  She provides guidance and consultation on healthy living policy, partnership and program strategies at the national level and for local Ys and the state alliances of YMCAs. She helps advance healthy living legislative and advocacy strategies at the state and federal level, including the drafting and implementation of legislative initiatives and accompanying policy documents; and, assisting with congressional, corporate and health partnerships. Katie serves on several national boards and advisory committees.

In 2010, she worked with Senators Franken, Lugar and Rep. Davis to draft and introduce legislation that became law and has established the National Diabetes Prevention Program at CDC which is helping to scale a national network of recognized community-based diabetes prevention programs. In 2013, she worked with Senators Franken, Collins, Grassley and Rep. Davis to draft the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act to provide coverage for diabetes prevention to America’s seniors which was just advanced through an Administrative Rule process.

Prior to working at YMCA of the USA, Katie spent several years as a managing director of public law and policy strategies at law firms in DC. She represented 25 chronic disease and disability non-profit organizations in their work with Congress and federal agencies. She drafted legislation, lobbied for and secured tens of millions of dollars annually through the health appropriations process for these not-for-profits, including the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation and the Landmine Survivor Network.

Katie also spent four years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta where she developed and maintained Congressional and partner relations for the agency serving in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Financial Management Office. There she responded to Congressional inquiries on budgetary and programmatic issues for the agency, drafted Congressional testimony, attended Congressional visits with CDC leaders and managed over 30 partner relationships for the Agency.

In the earlier part of her career, Katie spent six years on Capitol Hill serving in several legislative roles in Congress, including as Legislative Director for Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who now serves as a U.S. Senator.  She developed short and long-term strategic plans on appropriations and authorizing legislation and helped secure passage of amendments and public laws, including a bill to establish a national program of cancer registries.

Katie is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

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